Alpha Conference Kuching 2010 a success

Photo courtesy of Brandon Eu

KUCHING — The 2-day Alpha Conference Kuching 2010, which was held on the 16­-17 April at Trinity Methodist Church, received an overwhelming response and was attended by about 1,200 delegates.

The Conference was organised by Alpha Malaysia in partnership with the Association of Churches of Sarawak. This Conference was partly sponsored by the Sarawak Convention Bureau.

In his welcoming address, Bishop Datuk Bolly Lapok, the Chairman of the Association of Churches and the Bishop of Sarawak and Brunei, fully endorsed the Alpha courses and welcomed all present. The Catholic Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kuching, His Grace John Ha, upon whose initiation the Conference was brought to Kuching, in his opening address reminded the delegates of the urgency and the need to do something for the spread of the love and Good News of Christ in a world that is now so opposed to God.

“There has never been a greater and more urgent need to draw our people to Christ and deepen their relationship with him than today,” he said. He concluded his address by saying “we must not… do nothing”. Continue reading Alpha Conference Kuching 2010 a success

Media mindfulness becomes a part of sunday school programme


KUCHING — The Committee for Social Communication organised a media awareness talk for Sunday School students on Sunday 7 March, held at St Peter’s College AVA hall. More than 50 secondary school students from Form 1-2 attended the 1-hour talk, accompanied by their Sunday School teachers.

The speaker, Stella Chin, Chairperson of the Social Communications Committee, began the talk by showing the students a video clip, followed by the introduction on the various types of media, and focusing on the influence of television and movies. Students interacted actively with Stella as she exposed them to the disadvantages of TV and movies by raising interesting questions and scenarios. Continue reading Media mindfulness becomes a part of sunday school programme

Marriage Enrichment Experience follow up workshop


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN — A Marriage Enrichment Experience (MEE) Follow-up and Workshop was held from 29-31 January at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Bandar Seri Begawan of the Apostolic Vicariate Brunei Darussalam. A total of 24 couples from the parishes of Kuala Belait, Seria and Bandar Seri Begawan attended the workshop. Most of the participants were those who attended the Bahasa Malaysia MEE held from 8-11 October 2009.

During the fellowship dinner at the end of the programme, Bishop Cornelius Sim thanked the Bahasa Malaysia MEE team made up of Mr and Mrs Michael Junim, and Mr and Mrs Anthonius Sindang from the Archdiocese of Kuching for their assistance in running the workshop. The workshop was to strengthen the Family Life Ministry, particularly the Bahasa Melayu Group, so that they would be more confident, committed and involved in the church.

Obviously, the workshop has been a great success. Bishop Cornelius Sim took the opportunity to invite the Bahasa Malaysia MEE team from Kuching once again to assist them in facilitating and organising the Family Life Seminar to be held sometime in September and MEE in October, which will be held in Seria, Brunei Darussalam.

Anthonius Sindang

KAYD: Youths Unite in the Love of Christ


KUCHING – The Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Day (KAYD) ended with participants and servants alike having high hopes of seeing each other in the next KAYD, to be held in 2011. This biennial event was held on 28-30 August at the Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre. The first KAYD was in 2007.

Organised by the Kuching Archdiocesan Youth and Vocation Commission (KAYVC), about 500 youths gathered from both rural and urban parishes, including a few from Kuala Lumpur, during the weekend under the theme ‘1 Love’ taken from John 13:34-35: “A new commandment I give you, love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”

The opening Mass was celebrated by Archbishop John Ha, together with Fr Simon Poh and Fr Felix Au, Chaplain for the KAYVC. The opening ceremony followed with each parish and youth group representative reading a Bible verse while the KAYD candles distributed during the launching of The Heart of KAYD in May were brought up to the stage as a symbol of unity after the months of preparation.

An invited guest speaker, Jude Antoine, a full-time lay missionary under the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) movement in Malaysia, was present with his wife, Veronica, and their two daughters, Lavinia and Alicia. Focusing on God’s love for each individual, family and friends, sessions and workshops were held where participants were grouped into different age groups for sharing and discussion.

During the event, each participant and servant was given five red ribbons with a mission to spread God’s love through affirmation phrases or Bible verses written on the ribbons. Those ribbons were then given to five other youths whom they did not know, and for the next seven days they were to pray for them.

The weekend was filled with the Holy Spirit during talks, praise and worship sessions, and every other fellowship time where many were healed from hurts and had burdens lifted up. A concert-rally was also held on the second night which drew a crowd of over 1000 youths and adults.

Claudia Law

For more photos of the event, please visit the Archdiocesan Youth Blog.

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