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The SJC Staff Team Retreat to Align in Unity

posted 17.01.2016

The SJC Staff Team Retreat to Align in Unity


On the 13th and 14th of January, the SJC Staff Team retreated to the Kranji countryside for a time of bonding, refreshing and refocusing.

We were divided into 3 teams and given tasks which stretched us, baffled us, confounded and frustrated us!

The first day of the retreat saw the Staff Team embark on our very own “Amazing Race SJC Style”! We were whisked away in teams to the Sungei Buloh Wetlands. There, we were given some time to admire and appreciate the flora and fauna created by God; but with the aim of being inspired to write a poem which we would later have to set to music and dance steps praising God! The task was daunting but the teams took it in their stride to accomplish it. It was in the “doing” that we got to know each other better. We saw the different styles each team had; none better than the other, yet each one unique to the team. Some teams were structured and worked quickly to distribute and delegate. Other teams were slow and steady, while others worked quietly and competently. Regardless of style, every team completed the task with excellence… and a lot of laughter!

Throughout the rest of the retreat, we were given more tasks that revealed to us our different working styles. I daresay that the SJC Staff Team emerged as one that is adaptable, creative, resourceful and fun-loving. These tasks were not merely cerebral in nature, they involved using our fine motor skills and our 5 senses. Imagine a group of middle-aged individuals trying to build an intricate Lego creation for the very first time in their lives; and the same group trying very hard to decipher instructions to “looming” elastic band bracelets which were the rage among the younger generation recently!

As we closed the retreat, we recognized that each of us was called by God at different times and in different ways. But one thing remains – we are all called to be part of the SJC Staff Team to minister, glorifying God in the different areas where He has placed us. So as a Staff Team, we choose to align ourselves to God first, then the Vicar and each other; with honest communication, work in unity as a witness to the world of God’s grace.

For we are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that we (you) may proclaim the excellence of Him who called us (you) out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)

Soh Ting Ai
On behalf of the SJC Staff Team