Qing Ming is a traditional Chinese festival that has been observed for over 2,500 years. It is a day to pay respect to one's ancestors. The connection between Qing Ming and Good Friday may seem unlikely at first, but both holidays share a common thread of remembrance and respect. Just as Qing Ming is a time to pay respects to loved ones who have passed on, Good Friday is a time to remember the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ for humanity's salvation. Both holidays are opportunities to reflect on the past and honour those who have come before us.
This year, Thomson Chinese Church (TCC) held a special Good Friday worship service in combination with the Qing Ming festival. The combination of Qing Ming and Good Friday was a wonderful opportunity to connect and celebrate with seniors while respecting and honouring both cultures and beliefs.
This event was organised to link seniors with the church, familiarise them with the church environment, and provide a safe and comfortable space to interact with others and honour their loved ones.
While both holidays touch upon the topic of death, Good Friday marks victory over death and the promise of life. In his message, Pastor Foo spoke on the "Three Secrets of Lasting Peace", assuring listeners that Jesus is coming again, that He is always present with us, and that He is immediately available to us every minute of the day.
The seniors who attended the event, numbering over 70, also enjoyed a delicious meal and engaged in lively conversations.
The TCC team intends to continue organising similar events wherever possible, maintaining a genuine connection with each senior and their families, respecting their traditions, and making a difference in their lives. If you would like to volunteer to help out at upcoming events for seniors, please do not hesitate to contact us.