Penang church goes green for the record

Repurposed: Parishioners decorating a ‘snowman’ with the large Christmas wreath at the entrance of the St John Britto Church in Sungai Pinang.

GEORGE TOWN: There’s white Christmas and there’s green Christmas, and for members of a church here they have opted for the green theme by putting up environmentally friendly decor – an effort they hope could make it into the Malaysia Book of Records.

The women and youth of St John Britto Church in Jalan Sungai Pinang have created huge Christmas decorations with recycled materials.The church compound is gaily decorated with a Christmas tree, snowmen, wreaths, stars, bells, flowers and snowflakes made of plastic bottles, plates and cutlery, paper cups, polystyrene, fruit wrappers and even old sarees.

The church members are submitting their Christmas wreath measuring 2.13m high and 2.4m wide to the Malaysia Book of Record as the biggest Christmas wreath made from recycled items.

Felicia Chautian, the person behind the lovely ornaments, said it was the first time that the church was decorated this way.

“Our women’s group was given the job to decorate the church this year. This being the 50th anniversary of our church, we decided to do something different.

“I came up with the idea to use recycled items and my team members cooperated with me, ” she explained.

The team, she said, started working on it in November.

“I came here almost every day after work. Many men and young people came to help, too.

“We asked friends and family to contribute recycled items and collected some at the market, ” said the 54-year-old kindergarten teacher.

Chautian said other materials used for their creations were gunny sacks, metal wires, ribbons and cloth, fruit cartons, cotton and serviettes.

“We want to show that we can do a lot of things with recycled items, ” she added.

She said they contacted Malaysia Book of Records about their “eco-wreath” and its officers agreed to drop by and check on it in the next few days.

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