1. June 2011 Issue Editor’s NoteHi readers, BRIDGE newsletter is back in churchever since its production halted in 2009!Personally I feel that BRIDGE, in the past years,has been serving its purpose well to inform readersof what is happening in the youth ministry and toprovide information of the following month’sactivities for the youths. There will be a littlealteration to the mission of BRIDGE. The re-launching of BRIDGE will serve as a platform tobridge the gap between the adults or parents andthe youths. In this new edition of BRIDGE, therewill be articles by the editors, specially invited writers, interviews and lots more, soremember to stay tuned with BRIDGE’s monthly production. God bless, Alvin Lin
2. sports SUNDAY10th April 2011Captain’s Ball Competition were playing on that day. When “competition” ended, we collated you have 2 chairs at each end and the results and the news of the If you could still remember, the a ball, it’s definitely the all-time winning team came up! Led by ourweather in April was absolutely favourite: CAPTAIN’S BALL! Look very own “locally” (New Lifecranky! One moment the sun was at some of the participants beaming Church) trained, experience-filledproducing scorching rays, the next with enthusiasm and hardcore veteran Joel Peh accompanied bymoment it was literally pouring sports attitude, they look like they his fellow team-mates: Jack, James,from the skies. were in serious competition. At first, Jian Ming and Mavis. Initially, when we began our everyone were grouped into 4 Though at the end of the dayevent, it was drizzling, I thought teams at random. The 4 teams everyone were dead beat andthat we were just going to play for played league table-style, in which exhausted, we still enjoyed each15 minutes or so before heading 2 teams will pit their wits against and every moment of the game,back indoors. Unexpectedly, the one another and the winner will and as you can see some of theclouds that were gathering above then take back 3 points. youths were smiling from end tous started to disperse and that was Each team got a chance to end. For now, simply enjoy thewhen we officially started! compete with each other team photos! Just by looking at the photos, I present there. When the littlebelieve that you can tell what we You’re not gonna Please don’t get past me! throw the ball at me!
3. Interview with Rev. Fred AbbeyRev. Fred Abbey recently remain from Pastor Fred’s batch “Parents must make surereturned from the freezing Tibet but they are still serving even at that their children come toregions with temperatures the age between 80-90. church, so when they come tofalling to minus 10 degrees. A church, they will be dedicated,potential health disaster was Words of Encouragement & be baptized in water and thenaverted and Pastor Fred is Advice also be married.”physically well now. Praise the When asked for any words Jokingly he said, “AndLord for this servant’s of encouragement that he when they die, the church willdedication and tenacity in would like to share with the bury them.”serving His ministry! youths of the church, he said, So as a church, I stronglyIn this New Year, he has a new “The church totally believe in what he says, asvision from God and that is depends on the youths and youths are the foundation of“Divine Healing”. Currently, expects the youths to be doing the church. In the future, thethis faithful servant of God is in active evangelism.” present adults will have to passtown preaching this message to the leadership baton to the “So when youths bringvarious churches. Sharing with younger generation and it will youths, then the youths growus his spirit-lled experience in be our time. So let’s put our up from young, they will bethe early years of his walk with rst step of faith in God and Christians. In the future, whenGod, his enthusiasm has continue this walk they take up the leadershipinspired me to take up wholeheartedly. roles like pastors or deacons,challenges with faith and they will be strong. So that is Let me just end this articlecourage. why the youths are very with a verse that I would like toBackground important to the church.” share with all the readers: As you can see, he values “Don’t let anyone look down on This man of faith came from the youths in every church you because you are young, but setthe rst batch of Assemblies Of highly, and so for me, I believe an example for believers in speech,God (AOG) Sunday School in that it is our mission to be the in conduct, in love, in faith and in1936 and graduated from there one working hard and not for purity.” - 1 Tim 4:12 (NIV 2011)as a pastor. Presently, AOGSunday School is notably God to work hard while weknown as the AOG Bible take the backseat. We ended offCollege. Only ve students the conversation with words of advice for the parents too!
4. Are You Fresh for Everything? "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3 Sometimes we are fresh for a prayer meeting but not fresh for cleaning boots! Being born again of the Spirit is an unmistakable work of God, as mysterious as the wind,as surprising as God Himself. We do not know where it begins, it is hidden away in the depthsof our personal life. Being born again from above is a perennial, perpetual and eternalbeginning; a freshness all the time in thinking and in talking and in living, the continualsurprise of the life of God. Staleness is an indication of something out of joint with God - "Imust do this thing or it will never be done." That is the rst sign of staleness. Are we freshlyborn this minute or are we stale, raking in our minds for something to do? Freshness does notcome from obedience but from the Holy Spirit; obedience keeps us in the light as God is in thelight. Guard jealously your relationship to God. Jesus prayed "that they may be one, even as weare one" - nothing between. Keep all the life perennially open to Jesus Christ, dont pretendwith Him. Are you drawing your life from any other source than God Himself? If you aredepending upon anything but Him, you will never know when He is gone. Being born of the Spirit means much more than we generally take it to mean. It gives us anew vision and keeps us absolutely fresh for everything by the perennial supply of the life ofGod. - Oswald Chambers June Events June 5 June Sun Fusion Birthdays! 11 June Sat Job’s Faith Dilemma21-22 June Tue-Wed Starry Night 25 June Sat LifeWorks! Retreat ’11 workshop Topic: Job’s Faith Dilemma Venue: New Life Church Date: 11 June 2011 12 June - Gavin Lu Time: 3 - 5 pm 13 June - Pastor Lim Credits: Alvin Lin (Editor) Eric Lu (Editor cum Designer) Mavis Huang (Writer)