MY EXPERIENCE-CHURCH OF GOD HARMONIOUS FAMILY
This story is from a friend of mine. Church of God harmonious family invited her.
FIRST TIME TO MEET CHURCH OF GOD
When I traveled Sydney in Australia, I met my old friend who lived there. Since we couldn’t meet for a long time, I spent time touring with her while staying. One day, she invited me to an orchestra concert in her church, Church of God which her son participated in. Honestly, I had no interest in religion though I was born a R.C(Roman Catholic). But I liked classical music and I wanted to see her son’s performance so I willingly decided to go there.
The event started with a chamber ensemble performance by youth and student members. It was told that performers prepared it only a few months prior to the concert but It was really fantastic. I could feel that members had practiced hard and they played instruments wholeheartedly. Also, I haven’t heard some songs but the melody was so gorgeous that I was fascinated with it. Later, my friend told me it was New Song– Wow! Graceful. Anyway, it was touched and I really enjoyed it. My friend seemed like really happy and be proud of him. Many people there enjoyed the performance with smile and a big hand. I felt they really praised the performers’ effort as if they are family. After hearing my word, my friend said they are family in God’s love.
In addition, the event continued with female a cappella, and a children’s dance and other family performances. It was so fun! Especially, children were so cute though they made some mistakes. Everybody there laughed and their parents were busy to take a pictures. The place was filled with laughing and happiness. It seemed like there was happy virus! Also, I was surprised that I felt comfortable and the love of family from people and I never felt that I was a stranger there even though it was my first visiting.
THIS WHOLE CHURCH IS LIKE ONE FAMILY – CHURCH OF GOD HARMONIOUS FAMILY
The event ended with enthusiastic applause and everyone had a tea time like a family. I was accustomed to be alone while traveling so it was quiet fresh but so cool for me. I talked about the concert with people I had just met easily. When I said to friend that it was unusual for me, she told me the atmosphere and culture in Church of God that they think everyone as a member of family.
The other thing that I was impressed was a short video introducing the Queen’s Award that the Church of God recently received in between performances. I was surprised at such a prominent award and the church members for their hard work in helping neighbours.
Even after coming back to Philippines, the concert left for me as a best memory in my trip. I really thank her for inviting me there and feel the warm heart of family. I feel that the Church of God members are really one family. More amazingly, I heard that this church had many churches around the whole world and was established in Philippines, too. And I saw that the Church of God in Philippines did a cleanup campaign as members in other countries did in the video. They are really like a harmonious family. I hope that I can be invited to the event in Church of God again in the near future.