Youth Camp: Back to Basics

The church Youth Fellowship Camp is always a lot of fun with activities like the Amazing Race (YF-style), games and sports. It is also a great place to meet new friends and deepen existing friendships but even more exciting, it is an opportunity to meet with God through the study of His Word and through the fellowship of other believers. Prepare to be physically tired (from activities, from laughing, from late night chats…) but spiritually refreshed and challenged. What are you waiting for? Sign up.

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Here is some more things that you need to know……

By bangsarbeacon Posted in Youth

Church Prayer (October 2012)

So what did you do this Halloween?  Well, despite the wet weather,  26 church members met together at the church combined prayer meeting for a time of offering praise and thanksgiving to God and to pray.  It was encouraging to see a number of youth and young adults attending.

The meeting started with a time of worship and singing songs of praise and thanksgiving with Min Fook leading.  Then Francis gave a brief sharing about the focus of the church leadership this year and also a preview of the direction for the church for the coming year.  This was followed by a time of prayer where we gathered in groups of 3 or 4 to pray for items raised and for each other.  The meeting was concluded with a closing prayer by Calvin Tan.

During his sharing, Francis reflected on the fact that it has been a year since Min Fook and he had taken on the role and responsibilities of church elders and he said it has been a challenging year.  Both had been surprised by the amount of work involved and by the amount of work and missions the church was involved in.  He then shared that the leadership had spent a lot of effort this year in improving its structure and operations with the intention of becoming more efficient, effective and to become more nurturing for the development of disciples and workers for God’s work from amongst the church membership; creating more opportunities for training and serving.

The Elders would take primary responsibility to oversee the areas of  1) Teaching and Education, 2) Training, 3) Prayer and 4) Finance.  Together with the church deacons, the other areas of focus will be 1) Pastoral/Care Groups, 2) Missions, 3) Special Events (e.g. baptism, weddings), 4) church operations, 5) Outreach and 6) church planting.  The theme for the church in 2013 is “To know God, to love God and to live for Him”.  The Sunday sermon series will reflect and support this and equip us to carry out the theme.

We gave thanks that God has already provided us a venue for our Christmas Celebration and Outreach event this year which will be at the Methodist College in Brickfields.  We also heard about how well our short service at Audrey’s mother’s wake was received by those who were there and praised God for being able to be a testimony there.

In our small groups, we prayed for the church, the leaders, the direction for 2013, our outreach teams, new premises and members of the church who were unwell with a special focus on Kid’s Church; specifically for the upcoming Sunday School Camp (attended by 18 kids), for current teachers and more workers especially from amongst the youth and young adults and also for a smooth transition in 2013 from the evening slot to 11.30 am every Sunday.

Hope to see more coming for next month’s combined prayer meeting.  We want to be one in our prayer.

 

By bangsarbeacon Posted in Prayer

Youth Fellowship Camp – Support Needed

The Bangsar Gospel Centre Youth Fellowship is a vibrant and active group with many activities for young people while firmly rooted in the study of God’s word, the Bible.   One of the annual highlights of the Youth Fellowship is their Youth Camp which God has continuously blessed.  Although many of our young people are blessed with parents who can easily afford to pay for the Camp fees, there are some who will need some assistance.  The youth would also like to invite some of their friends to the camp.  So every year, the Youth Fellowship carries out a number of fundraising activities to raise sufficient funds to enable all who want to attend the camp to go.

So starting this Sunday and going on for the next 5-6 weeks, the Youth will be carrying out various fundraising activities and we hope that we will all give support to their efforts.  Among the things that will be done include;

  • Bake Sale
  • Recycling items: donations of newspapers, magazines, old PCs, metal, plastics, tin cans and just about anything that is valuable or can be recycled will be accepted.
  • Car Wash
  • Clean homes
  • Other reasonable odd jobs.

If you would like the Youth to do any of the above for you and support their fundraising, please contact Noel (012-8773477), Cheng Keat (012-2461771) or Ian Beh (016-3339538).

 

Don’t forget to come hungry and support the bake sales after church service on Sundays for the next 5 weeks.

By bangsarbeacon Posted in Youth

Praise Song : You Alone

 

 

Last Sunday during our Worship Service, our brother Simon shared a song and gave a testimony.  The song that he shared was “You Alone” by Don Harris.  The lyrics for the song is given below.

You are the peace that guards my heart
My help in times of need
You are the hope that leads me on
And brings me to my knees
For there I find you waiting and there I find relief
So with all my heart I’ll worship
And unto you I’ll sing

For you alone deserve all glory
For you alone deserve all praise
Father we worship and adore you
Father we long to see your face
For you alone deserve all glory
For you alone deserve all praise
Father we love you and we worship you this day

Simon shared that he and his wife had just returned from a much needed short holiday, only to face an emergency with the water supply at their place of employment.  Although it was already about 4 in the evening, he and his wife would struggle to solve the problem until late into the night because they needed to have the problem solved before the working day started the next day.  However, despite their best efforts they could not solve the problem.

Simon remained anxious but could do no more.  He and his wife committed everything to God in prayer and rested in their trust in Him.  Simon testifies that God directed him in his sleep and he went in early the next morning and found the source of the problem and was able to resolve the problem within fifteen minutes and before the working day began.

God indeed is our help in times of need and able to give us a peace that is beyond understanding.

Year End & Christmas Party

The Bangsar Gospel Centre Children’s Corner and Cornerstone wish to invite you to our  Year End & Christmas Party.

 

WHO?  – Parents, relatives, friends and kids of Cornerstone & Children’s Corner

& members of Bangsar Gospel Centre

 

WHEN & WHERE?   –  Tuesday 6th November 2012

10 am – 12.30 pm at Bangsar Gospel Centre

 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? –  A gift for exchange (worth about RM 15)

 

Come join us and have fun with the kids.  But……please confirm your attendance with Auntie Mabel Dunn.

 

 

Many Ways to Get Wet

Here’s a little humor in celebration of our recent baptismal service when we welcomed three more brothers and sisters into God’s family following their public confession of their sins, acknowledgement of their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and obedience to the command to be baptised (Three Went Through the Waters).

It also illustrates the difference between what is important and what is not important; what is a central truth or requirement and what is just methodology or tradition.  Baptism is a command from Jesus and it is important that Christians take this step of obedience but while it may be nice to be baptised in a similar fashion as Jesus was – in the open and in the middle of the Jordan River, that can be difficult or inappropriate in a different setting or situation (as in the cartoon below).  Yet sometimes we get caught up way too much on the methodology or the ritual when we should be focusing on what is on the heart of the  individual.  How strange that we do this when the bible repeatedly tells us that God is more concerned with our hearts than our rituals.  Rituals carried out as an outward representation of our inner contrite hearts and our worship is received by God joyously but rituals carried out by hardened and rebellious hearts is not welcomed by God.

Psalm 51:16-17

“16You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.”

 

Nevertheless, we should not also be outright dismissive of rituals and traditions.  Many rituals and traditions of the church were developed after much thought and time, with the intent that the symbolism would help express those very inner testimonies of our heart in a way that could be easily understood by all.   However these rituals and traditions can sometimes be limited by time, geography and cultural differences. When that happens, it is important to maintain the message and meaning of those rituals and traditions rather than its form.

As for baptism, let us be of the same spirit as the Ethiopian eunuch as recorded for us in Acts 8: 36.  “36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”   It did not matter if it was not the River Jordan, nor that it was not in a baptismal font, nor that it was not in a church, nor that it was so spontaneous but what was important was the heart, faith, obedience and testimony of that Ethiopian eunuch.  And as our Eskimo friends learn below, river baptism may not be so practical where they are.

 

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Dentists are Fun

On Friday mornings, Mum and I usually go to the Children’s Corner playgroup at Bangsar Gospel Centre where we have a lot of fun playing with toys, listening to stories and singing songs. I think most of us really like the “tick-tock” song where our mums swing us about like little pendulums; well, I really enjoy that.

But a week ago, Auntie Mabel told us that instead of our usual playtime, we were all going to visit a “dentist”.   Mum says that a dentist is a special doctor that takes care of our teeth.   I like my doctor.  He always makes me feel better if I have a fever or a cough and I even get a lollipop when I visit him.

So visiting a dentist should be fun too.  I don’t know why dad’s face turned pale when I mentioned visiting the dentist; you would have thought he was going to faint!

Anyway, the visit was great.  Dentist Jason was so much fun.  He showed us his special dentist chair – it could go up and down, backward and forward, had all these bright lights and cool toys like the straw that could suck up the water.  He allowed us to play with everything!  He even told me to spit!  If only Mum could be so cool……

He told us to brush our teeth everyday which I do with Mum’s help.

Later he made us balloons out of rubber gloves.  It was so much fun.  I can’t wait to go back again.  I heard Mum made an appointment for next week.  I wonder what other toys I will discover at the dentist’s office next.

Children Playing by Moonlight

Psalm 119:105 says of God’s holy scriptures, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”  Indeed, without God’s word to guide us, then it is as if we are stumbling and falling about in the darkness.  And that would have been the case last Thursday the  27th of September for a whole bunch of parents and kids from Children’s Corner and Cornerstone who had gathered at the park at Jalan Bangkung if it was not for the pretty lanterns that lit up their way so that the could see where they were going and also made the park look truly magical.  Under the pale glow of the full moon, we had gathered to play with lanterns and to share mooncakes.

Officially, it is called the Mid-Autumn Festival but it is also known as the Lantern Festival or the Mooncake Festival for obvious reasons.  There are many tales related to the origin and purpose of the festival but it is clear that this has been celebrated by the Chinese community  for some 3,000 years in some form.  The mooncakes and lanyerns is said to have become part of the festival to commemorate a Chinese revolt to overthrow their Mongol rulers of the Yuan Dynasty in the 14th Century.  The Mongols did not eat mooncakes so the rebels used paper messages hidden in mooncakes distributed widely to the population to coordinate the timing of the planned attack.  In the same way, lanterns were used on hilltops by the rebels to signal one another.  The rebellion was successful leading to the establishment of the Ming Dynasty.  The event is remembered on this festival day by the eating of mooncakes and the playing with lanterns.

Of course, the kids just enjoyed playing with the lanterns and watching the pretty flickering show of light and shadows.  The traditional lanterns were in the shape of animals like cats, dogs, squirrels, birds etc but there were a few modern ones like the “angry bird” lantern!

Fun was had by all and it was good to see so many parents and grandparents there too.  It was especially great to see many fathers there even f they had to rush from work.

In the near future, the kids will be having another fun excursion – this time to the dentist!  Now I can’t imagine a visit to the dentist being as much fun as eating mooncakes and playing lanterns but the kids are really excited about it so maybe there is something I don’t know …… like the dentist gives out lollipops?

If you would like your child to join in these activities, please take note of the information given below.  Enjoy the photos.

Cornerstone

This is a kindergarten for children aged 3-6 years which is held at the church from Monday to Friday from 9-12.30pm.

Children’s Corner

Along side Cornerstone, there is also a playgroup for toddlers up to the age of 3 years which is held on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9.30 – 11.30 am.  Toddlers have the opportunity to learn while playing.  There is also singing and story-time.  Parents/care giver participation is expected.  A great time for all.

 

 

Praise Song: On Bended Knee

Another week and another new song.  As we are including more members as worship leaders, it seems inevitable that each of them are keen to introduce some songs which are new to the congregation.

This Sunday, brother Simon Hong will be worship leading and he has a truck load of songs to teach us but he is starting with this song, “On Bended Knee” by Robert Gay.

Again, we have put up this post ahead of time so that we might get familiar with the song before then.

Praise Song: Oil of Gladness

In the Praise Song series of posts so far, we have put up a video of a song that someone requested during Sunday Worship that not everybody knew so that we can learn to sing the song better the next time.  However, this week we are being pro-active and introducing a song before it is requested.

Brother Abraham Williams will be our worship leader this coming Sunday and he already knows which worship songs he is going to choose for the service.  One of them is “Oil of Gladness” by David Butterbaugh which Abraham describes as “an old with a catchy beat”.  However, I am not familiar with this song and I have never heard it sung before in church  so here it is.

Let us learn this well so that we might sing mightily during this coming Sunday service.