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Brigades Educational Trip

Monday, 28 August 2017

By Cpl Nichol Adam Shim Wei Wan

The 1st Kuching Company, The Boys’ Brigade and The Girls’ Brigade organised an educational trip to Sarawak State Legislative Assembly, Sarawak Energy Berhad Headquarters, Kuching International Airport and Kuching Air Traffic Control Tower on 28 August 2017 during the one week school holiday. There were 37 members and 7 officers joining this trip.

The group assembled at the ground floor of the Parish Centre by 7.30am for opening prayer, uniform inspection and briefing. By 8.00am, we departed by bus to our first destination – the State Legislative Assembly.

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At 8.30am, we arrived at our first destination and were greeted by our young guide Ms. Nur Shalazia binti Morshidi @ Ramzi. For many of us, it was the first time entering a government building where all matters regarding our state policies were tabled and debated by elected representatives government and opposition. During the trip, we were given the privilege to visit the Banquet Hall, Lapau Hall, Sri Sarawak Hall, Galeri Awam and Aras Tinjau which are located at Level 9, Atrium Level and Parade Ground. By 10.00am, we moved on to the next destination.

Picture 2(2)After 20 minutes’ journey, we reached the Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) Headquarters. Our group was welcomed by Mr. Rowland George Clarke. Later, he led us to the auditorium for a briefing on Menara Sarawak Energy Berhad’s ‘green Building’ initiatives, the power supplied to our homes, the board of management, and future plans for SEB to work on improving the daily life of consumers. A question and answer session was held during the briefing. After the briefing, Mr. Ronald guided us on our visit to the SEB Museum and Galleria which are located at the ground floor.

After leaving the SEB HQ around 12.30pm, we went to a nearby coffee shop for lunch before proceeding to the Kuching International Airport. It was mid-afternoon when we arrived at our last destination. We were split into two groups with the GB visiting the Air Traffic Control Tower first and the BB touring the airport terminal. Later, both groups visited the other location. During the trip, we visited parts of the airport that are not open to the public and asked questions based on what services the airport normally provides. The most interesting port was the Air Traffic Control Tower. This is the most essential part of aviation control. The control rooms are handled by experts, who are responsible for thousands of lives every day. We managed to catch a glimpse of flights departing and arriving as well as the sun setting through the airport’s tower.

It was past 6.30pm when we finally returned to where the day started. We all had fun and memorable moments to share with others on the experience to visiting places we see every day but never actually get to enter.

Daily Services in The Cathedral

Morning Services   6.15 a.m. Except on Wednesday
  6.30 a.m. Wednesday
Holy Communion   6.30 a.m. Except on Wednesday
  5.30 p.m. Wednesday
Evening Services   4.00 p.m. Except on Wed. and Sat.
  5.00 p.m. Wednesday
Sunday Services   6.45 a.m. Holy Communion in English
  8.15 a.m. Solemn Liturgy in English*
  10:00 a.m. Holy Communion in Chinese
  5:30 p.m. Evensong in English with Sermon and Holy Communion
  • In Bahasa Malaysia on 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month at the Parish Hall.
  • In Iban on 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month at the Parish Hall.

Parish Office Hours

Monday to Friday   8.30 a.m - 4.30p.m
Saturday   8.30 a.m - 12.30 p.m
Sundays and Public Holidays   Closed
Prayer Meetings Clergy (every Friday)   9.00 a.m - 10.00 a.m

Infant Baptism

  • In English : 1st Sunday of the month
  • In Iban : 3rd Sunday of the month
  • In Chinese : 4th Sunday of the month