Churches readying for Christmas joy

  • Nation
  • Monday, 19 Dec 2016

Centre of attraction: Children admiring the nativity scene set up at St Ignatius Church in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

PETALING JAYA: With less than a week to Christmas, churches are sprucing up for the season, with many setting up the traditional nativity scenes.

At St Ignatius Church (SIC) here, the nativity scene, depicting the birth of Jesus, is almost complete and just waiting for Christmas day when baby Jesus will be placed in his crib.

The nativity scene is the among the biggest parts of SIC’s preparations for Christmas.

“We’ve gradually worked to add on to the Christmas atmosphere every week since the end of November so parishioners will feel the anticipation of Christmas and the coming of Jesus,” said parish priest Father Andrew Wong.

Wong said parishioners have also spent the last few days spreading the message of Christmas with neighbours around Kampung Chempaka, not far from the church, through carols and giving gifts.

At her home, SIC choir head Kathleen Rajan browses through the songs for the church’s Christmas Cantata, centred around this year’s theme – hope.

“It’s a good theme especially with what is going on in the world now. We want the theme to inject positive feelings,” she said.

For Pastor Jeremy Ian at the Full Gospel Assembly (FGA) church, what’s more important is the relationship with family and friends.

“And how we share the gift of Christmas together, which is the gift of Christ,” he added.

Naturally, Jeremy said he will take the family out to shop for Christmas gifts but his main objective for doing so is to teach his two daughters to give and share.

Similarly, “gifting” is inter-weaved in FGA’s theme this year and Christmas gift boxes replace the typical Christmas tree in the Church’s main decoration.

“Our theme this year is the gift and each week, we bring the congregation a gift in the form of a Christmas story where we ‘unwrap’ them to reveal that God is the light, hope, faith and love,” he said.

At Glad Tidings church, Pastor Karen Lau also wants to bring the congregation the gift of hope in its holiday service presentation.

“Through the presentation titled from Tomb to Womb, we want to bring forth the message that it is in God that you can find hope, even through all the difficult circumstances,” she said.

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