Trip to St. Columba’s Church, Miri
By Evelyn Lim
THE 6.45am Sunday Service Choir was invited to join the Consecration Service of the new St. Columba's Church in Miri on June 15. A total of 13 members, mostly from the committee, went to Miri from June 14 to 16. We were indeed grateful and privileged to have the Venerable Canon Solomon Cheong invite us to celebrate together with the parishioners of St. Columba’s Church, Miri.
It was indeed exciting for us as well and we had been waiting eagerly for the day to be with them to share that special and joyous occasion.
When we arrived on Friday, some minor touch ups here and there were still being done in the Church and of course some cleaning up before the service began.
We had a simple dinner with Bandar Seri Begawan’s St. Andrew’s Church Choir and the St. Columba’s Church Choir as well as with some other parishioners who came for the final rehearsal that night.
The consecration service was held on Saturday at 3pm. As always, it was a joy to see many parishioners coming to worship God, also with the combined choir singing together the hymns and songs of praise to our Lord God. It was indeed beautiful, as Canon Solomon Cheong said in his address: “Today is a day of great rejoicing and yet in the midst of all that, let us with humble hearts be as the psalmist in Psalm 115.”
Psalm 115 says: “Not to us, Lord, not to us, but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”
Indeed it was a good reminder to always remember that whatever we do, we do it not for ourselves but for our Lord Jesus Christ to give Him all the glory for His love and faithfulness and for what the Lord has done for us.
At the end of the service a song of praise was presented (where everyone was up dancing and clapping their hands) to praise and thank God for what He has done for the members of St. Columba’s Church. The refrain goes:
“Rise and shine and give God the glory glory,
Rise and shine and give God the glory glory,
Rise and shine and give God the glory glory,
Children of the Lord.”
On Sunday, there was a combined Sunday Service, Confirmation Service and Thanksgiving Service. The church was packed. The service started with a Praise and Worship session and then by the Confirmation Service.
We were indeed blessed to be able to celebrate together with the parishioners of St. Columba’s Church. On behalf of the 6.45am Sunday Service Choir, I would like to thank God especially for all He has provided and also thank the Venerable Canon Solomon Cheong and St. Columba’s Church Choir for extending the invitation to us.
“Lord, I offer my life to you,
Everything I’ve been through
Use it for your glory.
Lord, I offer my days to you
Lifting my praise to you
As a pleasing sacrifice.
Lord, I offer you my life.” -- Don Moen
For photos of the visit go here.
Easter Celebration at St. Richard’s Chapel
ON 6th April 2013, our choir was invited to celebrate together in an Easter Celebration with all the choirs under St. Paul’s Parish at St. Richard’s Chapel, Kpg. Danu.It was about an hour's drive from the Cathedral, to Kpg. Danu. It was raining during the whole trip and also throughout the whole service, which made it quite pleasant and cool. After arriving and parking at the designated parking area, we had to walk a few more metres to reach the hall. We had to use the ‘swinging’ suspension bridge - which for some of us was quite an exciting and even scary experience
The service was held at the community hall as the chapel – we were told – was quite a distance to walk again.
The community hall was packed not only with the congregation but also with choir members from the various chapels under St. Paul’s Parish, Bunuk. It was packed till outside (Also next to the dining table, where we could smell the sambal during the whole service and this made us hungry!). A makeshift altar was beautifully arranged on the stage.
As always it was so beautiful to sing together with all the different choirs – it sounded like a thousand angels singing and praising God! Though we also sang in Biatah, whenever we sing wholeheartedly to our God and really praise Him, it definitely sounds beautiful indeed. Everyone had a good fellowship together.
Quick Update for 2012
IT has been a long time since we have updated our news on our activities. The year 2012 was quite an eventful year.
The 12th of February 2012 was a historical day which saw our Lord Bishop Datuk Bolly Lapok being installed as the 4th Archbishop of the Anglican Province of South East Asia. There was a combined choir comprising all the four choirs of our Cathedral leading in the worship. The highlight of our anthems was 'The Prayer' accompanied by two Sape players.
On 21st April 2012 our choir celebrated together with other choirs from the parishes under St. Paul’s Parish for an Easter Celebration Service at St. Monica’s Chapel, Kpg Bangau. It was a good turnout as usual, especially from the choirs of different parishes.
On 18th August 2012 our choir organised a Joint Choir Fellowship with all the choir members from the Cathedral as well as members from the nearby parishes in our Cathedral. We started off with a Fellowship Service with Holy Communion then followed by a fellowship dinner at the parish hall.
On 28th October 2012, a few of the committee members together with the Evangelism Ministry visited St. Simon's, Sebuyau. It was indeed inspiring to see God’s people going to worship Him eventhough their church is not in a very good condition. They came with a heart to praise Him and to listen to His word. At this same time another group of committee members organised a Choir Workshop at St. Alban’s Church, Sarikei.
It was indeed an eventful year 2012 and also a challenging time for some of us, but God has always been gracious and has shown us His way, to lead His people with a true and loving heart for Christ.
National Day Prayer Service 2011
THE Anglican Church hosted this year's Association of Churches in Sarawak National Day Prayer Service at the Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre on Thursday, August 25, 2011.
The theme was "Rising Above The Storm".
Organising committee chairman the Very Revd Michael Buma Galami gave the welcoming address.
The Right Revd Datuk Bolly Lapok, Bishop of Kuching and Brunei, shared his reflection on the theme and called on Christians to stand firm on the rock of their faith despite all the storms around them in the world, country, state and in their own personal lives.
He also cited Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's call to move beyond tolerance to acceptance. Bishop Bolly took this a step further and spoke of celebration - that our diversity is actually a gift from God and is to be celebrated by all His creatures.
Prayers were led by the Archbishop of Kuching, the Most Revd John Ha, and Vicar General, Monsignor William Sabang from the Roman Catholic Church; Daniel Kion from the Sarawak Baptist Church; Pastor William Leo from the SIB Church; and Major Francis Ng from the Salvation Army.
The Bible readings were by Pastor Brian Scott (Seventh-day Adventist Church) in Bahasa Malaysia, Revd Juyah Mabut (Methodist Sarawak Iban Annual Conference) in Iban, Chancellor Revd Simon Poh (Roman Catholic Church) in English, and Revd Lau Hui Ming (Methodist Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference) in Mandarin.
There was a combined choir from St Thomas' Cathedral -- Bahasa Malaysia Choir, 8.15 Choir and 6.45 Choir. Led by 6.45 Choir Director Evelyn Lim, the combined choir presented two anthems -- 'Arise And Shine Forth' and 'Write Thy Name Upon My Heart' -- in reflection of the theme, as well as led the congregation in the hymns.
For photos of the event go here.
New Parish Centre Project
The three-storey building will house a hall, meeting as well as counselling rooms, and offices which will play a vital role in the Cathedral's ministries.
To cost RM3.5 million, for construction and basic furnishing, it is scheduled for completion in November 2011.
The Choir joined in the blessing, earth-breaking, and site handing over ceremony officiated at by the Right Revd Datuk Bolly Lapok on July 31, 2010.
It was indeed a very beautiful day as we prayed and sang hymns led by the Very Revd Michael Buma Galami at the site, which is located behind the Cathedral.
Bishop Bolly later marked the ground with the sign of the Cross and sprinkled Holy Water on the site, before symbolically breaking the ground using an excavator.
Various fundraising efforts have begun. Funds raised from this year's Parish Sale on Saturday, September 25, will go solely towards the new building. So be sure to support the sale!
The Choir is also planning a concert and a cookbook project as part of our contributions for the new building.
If you would like to contribute in any way to the new project, do send us an email, or contact the Dean at the Parish Office: +60 82 242625 or +60 82 230376.
For photos of the earth-breaking, go here.
Second Mini Sale
THE Choir held our second mini sale on Sunday, August 1, 2010.
We managed to raise RM1,869 with 60% (RM1,121.40) going to the fund for the construction of the new Parish Centre and 40% (RM747.60) for our Ministry of Choral Music.
Our first mini fund-raising sale was on Sunday, July 4, 2010.
From the sale and donations, we managed to raise RM2,417 with 60% (RM1,450) going to the Organ Fund and 40% (RM966) for our own choir fund.
Thanks to all those who came and supported the two sales to assist us; to help purchase a new organ, which is such a vital part of worship at the Cathedral; and to make a small start for fundraising for our new Parish Centre.
If you would like to assist in any way, do send us an email.
Choir Conference @
St. Augustine’s Betong
THE 6.45am Sunday Service Choir was invited to conduct a choir conference organised by the St. Augustine’s Church Choir from May 7 to 9, at the church in Betong.
It was well attended by members of the St. Augustine’s Choir, Youth, Lay Readers as well as students from all the different parishes in and around Betong, namely: St. Benedict’s, Skrang; St. Peter’s, Saratok; St. Margaret’s, Nanga Ajau; St. Christopher’s, Debak; Nanga Lalalng, Skrang; SMK St. Augustine; SMK Ulu Layar; St. Philip’s, Lubok Antu; Bangkit, Ijok; and St. Peter’s, Kubu Mali.
There were 87 participants at the conference. The two-day programme involved guiding and coaching participants on how to set up a choir, the proper conduct of a choir, how to sing hymns and also the importance of hymns in worship, particularly for Sunday Services.
Members of the 6.45 Choir also attended the Sunday service at St. Augustine’s Church, Betong together with the participants, where we were also requested by Revd. Dennis Gimang to sing the English Liturgy.
At the end of the session, we were invited by some participants from St. Peter’s, Saratok and St. Philip, Lubok Antu for another Choir Conference next year!
It was very interesting and wonderful to see many young and older members so interested to serve God in this beautiful Ministry of Music in His church, and to see them so eager to learn how to sing hymns.
It was not only a blessing for them but also for us – it showed us that no matter how old or young we are, we can still serve God through music and that the singing of hymns is very much an act of praising God!
With the talent God has given to the writers of Anglican hymns, if we, as the choir sing the words with meaning and conviction, it can indeed be a blessing and a means to witness to those who sing and also to those who hear.
As tasked by the Right Reverend Datuk Bolly Lapok, we will continue to go out and help all parishes that may require our assistance.
We thank and praise God that the Choir Conference blessed each of the participants as well as the 6.45 Choir.
For photos of the Choir Conference, go here.
THE 6.45 Choir held its Dedication Service on May 2, 2010 during the first service, which was followed by the launching of the choir's website.
During the Dedication Service, we praised God for the skills and imagination to shape sound and silence into music.
We prayed to be enriched by the Holy Spirit, so that our songs would always tell of God's loving and saving power.
Our prayer was also for greater commitment to His service in ministering at the Cathedral.
The Very Revd Michael Buma Galami then officially launched this website.
For photos of the Dedication Service, go here.
For videos of A Living Sacrifice and Chosen Generation, which we sang during communion go here.
Annual General Meeting 2010
THE choir had its 11th Annual General Meeting in the Choir Vestry on February 26, 2010.
The same office bearers were re-elected:
Chairperson: Evelyn Lim
Asst. Chairperson: Dolly Crocker
Secretary: Davis Herould Awell
Treasurer: Raymond Lim
Score/Robe Manager: Grace Angga
Advisor: Veronica Mason
Among the events proposed for the year are the launching of the choir website in April, concert and fellowship at various parishes, and fundraising projects for the construction of the Cathedral's new Parish Centre.
Christmas Carolling 2009
THE Choir went Christmas Carolling to 28 houses from December 18 to 21, 2009 to share the Good News of Jesus' birth with members of the congregation.
It was a joyous time of fellowship and we praise God for the opportunity to bring His beautiful music to communities throughout Kuching city and even some parts of Samarahan!
We also thank the families who welcomed us so warmly into their homes, particularly those who invite us every year! Looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2010!
For photos go here.
Combined Christmas Service
CHRISTMAS 2009 was again the Anglican Church’s turn to host the Association of Churches in Sarawak’s annual Joint Christmas Service.
Preparations for the service started way before the actual day of the service with joint committee meetings.
The 90-strong joint choir also began practices in early October!
Led by 6.45am Sunday Service Choir director Evelyn Lim, choir members from Anglican churches joined members from Roman Catholic churches, Methodist churches, Sidang Injil Borneo Kuching Evangelical Church (SIB KEC) and the Salvation Army for practices every Tuesday in the Cathedral.
It was such a joy to be able to sing with choristers from so many different churches -- to come together in one voice to praise and glorify our Lord and Saviour.
There was real camaraderie among the choir members and hopefully we can all work together again in future.
What a wonderful way to unite Christians through music!
The Joint Christmas Service was held on Thursday, December 17, 2009 at the Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre.
Some 1,200 Christians of all denominations attended the service, which was themed '… about my Father's business' (Luke 2:49b).
For a change, there were four pre-service carols for those arriving to sing along to.
Assistant Bishop Aeries Sumping Jingan gave the welcoming address and led the opening prayer.
Bishop Datuk Bolly Lapok shared on not losing sight of the true reason for the season – Jesus Christ.
The Bible readings were in Iban, Biatah, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin and English.
The joint choir presented five anthems.
The first was ‘Do You Hear What I Hear’, which was accompanied by two sape players. Nathanael Jaboh from SIB KEC and Davis Herould Awell from the 6.45am Sunday Service Choir sang the solo sections.
This was followed by ‘Born Is The Light Of The World’.
Then there were two pieces from Handel’s ‘Messiah’ – ‘For Unto Us A Child Is Born’ and ‘Glory To God’. Darren Robin from SIB KEC and Claudia Mas Peter from the 6.45am Sunday Service Choir sang the recitative verses.
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuching the Most Reverend John Ha led the benediction.
Among those present for the evening were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang and Deputy State Secretary Datu Ose Murang.
For photos of the event go here.
A clipping of the article form The Borneo Post can be found below.
Operafest Children's Choir
ONE of Malaysia's most internationally recognised choirs - the Operafest Children's Choir from Kuala Lumpur - gave a free concert at the Cathedral on December 5, 2009.
Former Diocesan Secretary Matthew Ong had requested the Cathedral host Operafest, with the help of the 6.45am Sunday Service Choir.
Founder and conductor Kam Sun-Yoke, led the 24 talented children, aged between seven and 16.
Some 500 - many from different churches - turned up to hear the choir give interesting renditions of favourites such as 'Joy To The World' and 'Christians Awake', all under the theme 'Christmas Joy'.
More unusual selections for the evening include 'Jaya Ho!' - a Hindi hymn; 'Carol Of The Bells' from the Ukraine; French carol 'March Of The Kings'; and the African hymn 'Jesu Tawa Pano'.
It was thrilling to hear such well-trained voices and what was even more wonderful was that they are all so young!
One of the 'veteran' members is nine and has been singing with the choir since she was five!
According to Mrs Kam, the children practise for three hours every Saturday and Sunday.
She also takes them on overseas tours to expose them to good choral singing internationally.
Hopefully children and young people in churches here were encouraged to commit themselves to the Ministry of Choral Music.
Mrs Kam, a soprano, displayed her spectacular range with two solo pieces - 'O Holy Night' and 'Rejoice!'.
Towards the end of the concert there was a sing-a-long portion where Kam invited the 6.45 Choir to join in and help lead the audience.
Later the 6.45 Choir enjoyed fellowship together with Mrs Kam, Operafest and their chaperones.
During the fellowship, Mrs Kam shared her desire to keep the heritage of traditional hymns and sacred choral pieces alive in churches today.
She described the beauty of hymns - both musically and lyrically - and how churches should focus on such pieces instead of just certain modern compositions, which focus more on rhythm and repetition with less Biblical emphasis.
Mrs Kam also invited the 6.45 Choir to travel to the Peninsula to share sacred choral music with the churches there and hopefully inspire them to reinstate choirs in their churches.
For photos of the event go here.
Visit from St. Andrew's BSB Choir
FIFTEEN choir members from St. Andrew's Church, Bandar Seri Begawan paid a goodwill visit to the Cathedral Parish from October 16 to 18, 2009.
The group had a very busy day on Saturday (October 17), which began with a visit to the Sarawak Cultural Village at Santubong.
In the afternoon, they had a joint choir practice with the 8.15am Sunday Service Choir (8.15 Choir), followed by a workshop conducted by Doyle Owen Lacasse.
Later that evening they had a fellowship dinner with the 6.45am Sunday Service Choir (6.45 Choir) and 8.15 Choir.
This was followed by a short practice with the 6.45 Choir for the first service the next day.
On Sunday, the St. Andrew's Choir attended both the 6.45am and 8.15am service, where they sang along with both choirs.
They also presented an anthem during Holy Communion.
We thank God for the visit of the St. Andrew's Choir, which allowed for friendships to be renewed and new connections to be made.
We hope to work together with them again in this Ministry of Choral Music and hopefully reciprocate their visit one day!
For photos of the visit, go here.
Confirmation @ All Saints Chapel
THE 6.45 Choir was requested by All Saints Chapel at Tabuan Dayak, Kuching to assist with their choir in preparation for the Confirmation Service on October 3, 2009.
Some members of the choir began to teach the All Saints Choir in July and then joined the Confirmation Service. For photos go here.
The chapel choir has 14 members, including one bass, two tenors and three altos.
We hope more members of the congregation will dedicate themselves to this ministry of the choir soon.
In December 2008, the Bishop of Sarawak and Brunei - the Right Reverend Bolly Lapok - challenged the 6.45 Choir to assist, in particular, Iban choirs in the Diocese.
Besides All Saints Chapel and St. Augustine's Church, Betong, the choir has also assisted with the St. Basil's Church, Batu Kawah, choir. We also have strong links with the Anglican Bidayuh Speaking Board (ABSB) choirs.
We will try our best to continue to live up to the mission that we have been given with the help of the Almighty.
May His name be glorified through choral singing throughout the Diocese. Amen!
Consecration Celebration Dinner
THE 6.45 Choir was invited to sing during a grand Celebration Dinner at Riverside Majestic Hotel, for the Consecration of Assistant Bishop Aeries Sumping Jingan on Saturday, September 19, 2009.
We sang two songs – ‘Living Sacrifice’, which is based on Micah 6:8 and Romans 12:1; as well as ‘We Are Called’, which is based on 1 Peter 2:5.
Revd Roannie Canidy and the Agape Band, along with the choir also led those present during the finale of the 'Millennium Prayer' and 'Shine, Jesus, Shine'.
Revd Roannie also presented 'Biar Aku Menjadi Lilin', the theme song for the evening.
The dinner was attended by over 900 faithful from throughout the Diocese of Kuching, as well as guests from England, New Zealand, Australia, the Solomon Islands, the Philippines, South Korea, Myanmar, Sabah, Singapore and West Malaysia.
His Grace, the Most Reverend John Ha, Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kuching, led the Opening Prayer and Grace.
In his address, Bishop Bolly acknowledged the presence of those who had come from afar to show their support for the Diocese.
The other performances for the evening were Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu cultural dances by the Dayak Cultural Foundation; 'Jiangnan Hao' – a Chinese traditional dance by the Chinese Speaking Congregation; and a Bamboo Band performance by the Pratounk Ensemble from St. Philip's Parish, Padawan – which included three graceful dancers in their traditional finery.
Sape player extraordinaire Jerry Kamit also thrilled the crowd with his wonderful renditions, both traditional and modern.
Archbishop Malecdan closed the evening with the Benediction.
To see photos of the evening go here.
Consecration of New Assistant Bishop
THE 6.45 Choir joined members of three other choirs from the Cathedral – Chinese Speaking Congregation Choir, Bahasa Malaysia Choir, and 8.15am Sunday Service Choir – to form a 60-strong combined choir for the Consecration Service of The Right Reverend Aeries Sumping Jingan as Assistant Bishop on Saturday, September 19, 2009.
Conducted by Evelyn Lim, the choir led the singing of hymns and songs of praise, which included the offertory hymn 'Praise To The Lord, The Almighty' in English, Mandarin, Iban and Bidayuh Biatah.
The choir also sang three anthems – 'I Need Thee Every Hour', which included violin accompaniment by 11-year-old Hilda Jawai Peter; 'Chosen Generation' based on 1 Peter 2:9; and 'For The Beauty Of The Earth' – during communion.
Some 1,000 from across the Diocese, as well as guests from England, New Zealand, Australia, the Solomon Islands, the Philippines, South Korea, Myanmar, Sabah, Singapore and West Malaysia, joined the two-hour service.
The Most Reverend Dr. John Chew Hiang Chea, The Primate of the Anglican Province of South East Asia and the Bishop of the Diocese of Singapore, was Chief Consecrator.
He was assisted by The Archbishop of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, The Most Reverend Edward P Malecdan; The Bishop of the Diocese of Kuching, The Right Reverend Bolly Lapok; The Bishop of Taranaki and Co-Bishop of the Diocese of Waikato, New Zealand, The Right Reverend Philip Richardson; The Bishop of Malaita, Solomon Islands, The Right Reverend Sam Sahu; The Bishop of the Diocese of Sabah, The Right Reverend Datuk Albert Vun; The Bishop of the Diocese of West Malaysia, The Right Reverend Ng Moon Hing; and Assistant Bishop of West Malaysia, The Right Reverend Dr S. Batumalai.
In a show of ecumenical support, representatives from the Roman Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, Sidang Injil Borneo, Seventh Day Adventists and Salvation Army also attended the service.
The Ministry of the Word was conducted in Mandarin – The Old Testament, Bidayuh Biatah – The Epistle, and Iban – The Gospel.
To see photos of the service go here.
Choir Fellowship Nite
THE Choir held a gathering at the Cathedral’s Parish Hall on Saturday, July 18, 2009 as part of our 15th Anniversary Celebrations.
Among those present for the evening of fellowship were choir members from St. Augustine's, Kpg Mambong; St. Giles', Kpg Git; St. Gregory's, Kpg Giam; St. John’s, Kpg Punau; St. John’s, Kpg Taee; St. Mark’s, Peramas; St. Matthew’s, Kpg Karu; and St. Basil’s, Batu Kawa.
Members from the Cathedral’s Second Choir and 8.15am Sunday Service Choir also joined the fellowship.
As the dress code was traditional/smart casual, some choir members were dressed up in their respective traditional costumes.
Choir director Evelyn Lim explained that many of the choirs present had invited the 6.45 Choir to join their services and celebrations over the years, and it was indeed timely for us to play host.
She also stated her hope for all choir members to continue faithfully in this Ministry of Choral Music and hoped for more cooperation between the different choirs in future.
The programme for the evening included worship sessions with hymns, a ‘fiercely’ contested Choir 'Competition', and of course a hearty meal, which included home cooked dishes contributed by 6.45 Choir members.
A short poco-poco dance session completed the evening of fun and fellowship.
To see the photos for the evening, go here.
Betong Choir Conference
A few members of the 6.45am Choir assisted with a three-day Choir Conference of St. Augustine's Church, Betong in July.
The sessions began with an overall understanding of the purpose of the choir in leading worship.
The choir also decided that their theme would be, 'Here I Am' based on Isaiah 6:8.
There was also a basic session on proper choir singing techniques.
6.45 Choir members also joined the St. Augustine's Choir for a presentation at the Rumah Pelandok longhouse, led by Revd Tommy Awi and Revd Alex Baker.
The St. Augustine's Choir has around 30 members - teens to those in their 50s.
They will be visiting Kuching in December to join Christmas services here and possibly with the Anglican Bidayuh Speaking Board (ABSB) in Padawan.
For photos of the Choir Conference go here.
Workshop at SIB KEC
THE 6.45 Choir joined the Sidang Injil Borneo Kuching Evangelical Church (SIB KEC) choir for a half-day workshop on Sunday, May 17, 2009.
SIB KEC’s choir director Sharon Ling and conductor Sarah Lasung requested the 6.45am Choir conduct the workshop after attending last August’s Choral Celebration – organised by the 6.45 Choir in aid of The Bishop’s House Restoration (see story below).
The 6.45 Choir’s organist Dolly Crocker and choir director Evelyn Lim led the workshop, which covered, among others, proper breathing, posture and singing techniques for choir singing.
Our choir members also sang several anthems to demonstrate contrasts in techniques.
The three-hour session was indeed an eye-opener for both choirs.
“We really learned a lot. The workshop really helped us a lot with technique, especially with breathing and phrasing. It also helped us to see which areas we need to work on more,” said Sharon.
“It was really good for both choirs to be able to sing together, and it was good for our choir to see your choir perform as well,” she added.
The SIB KEC choir was formed around 2004. Prior to that the church had an ad hoc youth choir.
They have some 40 members with the youngest being just nine years old.
One similarity with the 6.45 Choir is that the SIB KEC choir is comprised of many family members – siblings, as well as parents and their children.
At the moment, the SIB KEC choir only sings during festivals like Good Friday, Easter and Christmas, but they are considering singing more regularly.
Sharon explained this is because SIB KEC’s praise and worship service structure does not have a suitable slot for choral singing, except during the monthly communion service.
They are considering a proposal for the choir to sing during the communion service, perhaps every two to three months to begin with.
It was truly wonderful to see so many youths in the SIB KEC choir and their enthusiasm for classical pieces like ‘God So Loved The World’ by John Stainer and ‘Hallelujah Chorus (from Messiah) by George Frideric Handel.
In fact, Sharon shared that youths and young children frequently request to join the choir, especially after seeing the choir sing at services.
The younger members are also the ones constantly requesting choir practices!
How wonderful to have such enthusiasm from the youth for this Ministry of Choral Music!
We really hope that more youths from the Cathedral will use their gifts of singing to serve God through the choir.
We also look forward to more interdenominational fellowship and cooperation with the SIB KEC choir in future.
Praise God for the opportunity to work together and also for His most wonderful gift of music!
For photos go here.
ABSB 7th Anniversary
THE choir joined the Anglican Bidayuh Speaking Board's (ABSB) 7th Anniversary cum Easter Celebration at St. Paul's Parish Church, Bunuk on Sunday, April 26, 2009.
Choirs from 14 chapels within the parishes of St. Philip's Padawan, St. James' Quop, St. John's Taee, St. Matthew's Mundai and St. Paul's Bunuk joined the service, which made for a very colourful procession from the parish hall to the church with the magnificent mountain ranges as a backdrop.
Praise God for giving us such beauty on earth! To view photos of the event go here.
Congregation members and clergy from the four parishes, as well as from Kuching, Debak and Betong also attended the celebration.
We sang For The Beauty Of The Earth (John Rutter) and Come Lord Jesus (Sally DeFord) during communion.
A clipping from The Borneo Post can be found below.
Annual General Meeting 2009
THE choir had its 10th Annual General Meeting in the Choir Vestry on February 27, 2009.
The new office bearers for 2009 are as follows:
Chairperson: Evelyn Lim
Asst. Chairperson: Dolly Crocker
Secretary: Davis Herould Awell
Treasurer: Raymond Lim
Score/Robe Manager: Grace Angga
Advisor: Veronica Mason
Among the events proposed for the year are a Choir Retreat in June as well as a Choir Fellowship Night and Re-Dedication Service for Choristers - to mark the choir's 15th Anniversary - in December.
15th Anniversary Thanksgiving Dinner
WE held our 15th Anniversary Thanksgiving Dinner at Tempayan Restaurant, 3rd Floor Crown Towers, Jalan Pending on Friday, February 20, 2009.
As this year is our Crystal Anniversary, the theme for the evening was 'Glittering Nite'.
All came in their glittering best with Dolly winning the title of 'Most Glittering' for the evening.
To view photos of the event go here.
A Choral Celebration
THE choir organised 'A Choral Celebration' on August 23, 2008 at the Cathedral in aid of The Bishop's House.
The concert featured Fig3, St. Paul's Parish Choir Group, St. Basil's Church Choir, the Cathedral's Chinese Speaking Congregation Choir and the 6.45am Sunday Service Choir.
Our guest soloist was Mrs Simon Chan from Singapore.
We presented five pieces - For The Beauty Of The Earth (Lyricist: Folliot S Pierpoint, Composer: John Rutter); Glory To God, And The Glory Of God, and He Trusted In God from Handel's Messiah; and Because He Lives (Sally DeFord). 'Live' recordings of these songs can be downloaded on the Music page.
In total the Choral celebration raised RM20,043.00.
For photos of the Choral Celebration go here.
Clippings from The Borneo Post can be found below.