CAC NEWS - December 2020
What a year 2020 has been! But this Christmas season, we have as much to give thanks for as past years. We rejoice with songs of praise and we gather to encourage this family of faith. May our worship be holy and acceptable to our Father. Hallelujah, for the God of Hope is in our midst. The Christ who was born to us is, indeed, coming again. Christmas greetings from CAC's newly elected Conference Officials and Board Chairs.

Seniors’ Sunday 2020 – How are Seniors Keeping During Covid-19?

Social satisfaction levels for seniors lowered during the Circuit Breaker (CB) (ST 28/08/2020). Seniors, being the more vulnerable group in this pandemic, had to stay home all the more.  As Singapore goes digital, many seniors needed help technologically to stay connected.

Since CB, the premises of Grace Methodist Church (GMC) closed and church services went online via social media platforms, then Zoom.  But many seniors were left out as digitalisation was beyond them, so they did what they enjoyed.  We met up with 88-year-old, Mr Koh Seow Tee, who lives alone, to find out how he is keeping up these days.

… church services went online via social media platforms, then Zoom. But many seniors were left out as digitalisation was beyond them, so they did what they enjoyed.

Mr Koh’s hobby is collecting stamps, coins and musical instruments such as guitar, ukulele, violin, viola, harmonica and recorder.  Having to stay home, Mr Koh had all the time to “play” with his collections.  He joyfully pored over his stamps, cleaned his coins, and maintained his musical instruments, and watched football and boxing on television.  Mr Koh cooks his own meals and if he has to go out, he takes buses and trains.

Mr Koh organising and cleaning his instruments.

Six years ago, GMC found Mr Koh teaching ukulele in a community club and invited him to teach the GMC seniors, who started their Ukelele Outreach then.  Though Mr Koh had backslided from the faith then, he was eager to share his knowledge. When the class ended, Mr Koh stayed on as a team member.  He soon worshipped in GMC and 2 years ago, became a GMC member.  Since then, he participated in the team’s outreach events, and also visited a nearby nursing home regularly to teach residents and staff play the ukulele.

One of our purposes for meeting up with Mr Koh was to help him connect with GMC digitally…

One of our purposes for meeting up with Mr Koh was to help him connect with GMC digitally.  We guided him in installing and using the Zoom Application.  We saved it on his phone’s home-screen, together with links to GMC’s online service, Holy Communion and e-bulletin, so they are easily accessible.  We also helped him on the QR code Safe Entry needed at most public places.  We installed WhatsApp for him so he could send short-messages/images and make free calls.

Learning to use WhatsApp.

Mr Koh worshipped through GMC’s zoom service for the first time on 1 Nov 2020.  He said excitedly: “I must attend the 50th anniversary service to watch our ukulele item!”  This year, the Ukulele Outreach team continued to glorify God for His faithfulness through their Seniors’ Sunday medley presentation at GMC’s 50th anniversary service.

Scaled-down Ukulele Outreach team at GMC’s 50th Anniversary Service on 8 Nov 2020.

Richard and Lynette Tan,

Members of Editorial Committee

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