St. Thomas's Cathedral Kuching

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Boys Brigade

The Boys’ Brigade (BB) was founded on 4th October 1883 by Sir William Alexander Smith when he formed a company of 35 boys at Free Church Mission Hall, North Woodside Road, Glasgow.

William Smith, a Sunday School teacher and an officer of 1st Lanark Rifle Volunteers devised a unique system of giving Boys an organization as part of the church based on religion and discipline.

The Boys’ Brigade was the first uniformed youth organization in the world. From one small company it has grown into a worldwide organization with companies in over 60 countries.

In 1958, Mr Charles Henry Ingka, aged 25 returned home from Singapore after having there since 1947. In 1948, while studying in St Andrew’s School, he had joined the 7th Singapore Company. Mr Ingka saw the need for proper training among Kuching Boys and he knew that BB was the answer. He came back to Kuching, full of faith, inspiration and dedication for BB  and on 19th January 1961, he wrote a letter to the Bishop of Borneo with the intention to start a BB company in East Malaysia. That letter marked the beginning of a new era of the Boys’ Brigade here on the island of Borneo. Mr Charles Henry Ingka, together with five officers and 20 boys pioneered the first company,  which signaled the start of BB movement in Sarawak.

Weekly meetings are currently help every Saturday afternoon in the St Thomas’s Cathedral, Parish Hall. Both Senior and Junior Section will fall in together for opening prayer, roll call and inspection at 2.15pm. Praise & worship, achievement classes, Bible clases and drill are some of the important activities during the meeting. Other activities include Pesta, Miaw Games, Founders’ Day and intercompany competitions are held yearly or every two years.

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