Jesus said….“Let the little children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God…” Mark 10:14
St. Thomas’ Cathedral Kuching Sunday School celebrated the International Children’s Day and God’s wonderful gift of children in our lives on 4th November 2017, Saturday, from 8.30am to 1.00pm.
Activities for the day included visiting the Bishop’s House, a picnic with Bishop Danald and Mrs. Danald and hunting for the hidden treasures of our rich Anglican heritage.
The teachers and helpers met at the Parish Centre outside the Bookroom by 8.00am for the final briefing. At 8.30am, the children registration started and were given stickers with name/groupings. There were 60 kids with 19 parents totaling 105 participants including teachers and youths.
Natalie led the children in prayer before the start of the activities. She also enlisted parents to help take care of the younger children as participants in the activities as most of the children were under 6 years old.
A group photo was taken with the Bishop House as the background and another at the English Garden at the back of the house. The Bishop House is the first concrete house in Sarawak.
The children were divided into two groups, one group moving to the Upper floor led and briefed by Bishop Danald and his wife. The second group touring the ground floor was led and briefed by SD Gerald. Each group spent around 20 minutes touring each floor.
After the tour, by 10am, every one moved to the Bishop Garden to enjoy the picnic. Bishop Danald recited the thanksgiving prayer before morning tea was served. Natalie and Gerald conducted briefing on the treasure hunt after the tea break.
The treasure hunt began. Teachers went to their allocated check points and the groups led by group leaders went treasure hunting, looking for answers about the Anglican cathedral and Diocese history and heritage.
The children went on a 2 hour hunt in the Cathedral. They discovered the “hidden treasures” found in the Cathedral. They were in awe of the plans and thoughts put in to construct the cathedral. Every detail of the Bible was put into places within the cathedral. The hunt was carried out with the intention to instill pride in the children and parents, that they belong to a rich heritage in the Anglican faith.
The activity was put to an end at 12.15pm with the children and parents cooling down to a treat of ice cream. While they were busy having their ice cream, the teachers were busy putting together the completed hunt results into folders for the children to bring home.
Prizes and gifts were presented to the children and the children went through the questions and answers with the teachers.
By 1pm, after a full morning of fun, the children gave thanks in prayer for a wonderful day and together with their parents, they seek God, to grow in their walk with God. Takeaway lunch was distributed to all. Everyone went home spiritually fulfilled and happy. Praise be to God.
|Morning Services||6.15 a.m.||Except on Wednesday|
|Holy Communion||6.30 a.m.||Except on Wednesday|
|Evening Services||4.00 p.m.||Except on Wed. and Sat.|
|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|
|Monday to Friday||8.30 a.m - 12.30 p.m
2.00p.m - 4.30p.m
|Saturday||8.30 a.m - 12.30 p.m|
|Sundays and Public Holidays||Closed|
|Prayer Meetings||Lay Staff (every Monday) 9.00 a.m - 9.30 a.m|
|Clergy (every Friday ) 9.00 a.m - 10.00 a.m|