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by kathleen a. michael
Young children put up a sketch to celebrate the church's 10th anniversary.
St Peter’s Church of Bangsar celebrated its 10th anniversary last Sunday with a two-hour mass followed by performances by the catechism schoolchildren and a luncheon.
A presentation of how the church has grown so far was presented during the service.
Joining in the celebration were Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Risyakaran and his wife, Anna.
The Anglican church celebrated June as a month dedicated to family. Among the activities held were talks to iron out issues of broken families.
The church has been actively reaching out to the needy and are now aiming to provide better service and care for broken families, children deprived of education and single parents who lack skills to find good jobs.
“We have given financial help and volunteered our time to the needy. It is now time for us to reach out to them in a spiritual way,” said St Peter’s Church warden of the people Robert Devan.
The church which has about 500 parishioners have been raising funds to help those in need. Devan said funds would eventually deplete and it needed help to fund its causes.
“We want to help them learn the skills needed to move forward in life. We can provide for children who are not given the full opportunity to learn, or single mothers who lack skills to find a job. We have the facilities but we just need the support,” he added.
St Peter’s Church vicar David Rajah said the church was devoted to working for the well-being of the community.
“We have a commitment and a vision to serve and care for our neighbouring community and it is a commitment the St Peter’s Church stands for,” he said.
David announced that the church was looking for a long-term cooperation with the government to reach out to the local community.
Speaking to the congregation, Rajiv said the church was moving in the same direction as the Selangor government intended to move.
He said Selangor wished to abolish hardcore poverty in the state and empower the poor by enabling them to earn a decent living.
Rajiv added that the state had been working with non-governmental organisations and would want to start working with religious bodies.
The church officials are now in talks with Rajiv to help the needy achieve self-empowerment and financial independence.
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