Posts Tagged ‘9th Methodist Convention Sibu’

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Playing to a packed Sanctuary of 1500 people, she remained composed and flawless during the opening session of the 9th Methodist Convention.

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A humbling sight as Sibu Mayor Datuk Tiong Thai King (pic – in white shirt) was hands on with the final seating arrangement in Masland Methodist Church on the day before the 9th Methodist Convention commenced. Unknown to the Mayor, I photographed him from the mezzanine floor. 🙂

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Though my wife and I had to cut short our trip, we still managed to attend the opening session of SCAC Board of Laity – 9th Methodist Convention on June 3rd. Being first-time attendees to such a big Christian event, Roseline and I were naturally excited!

Here are some of my favourite images:

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We entered the Sanctuary early so we could reserve seats for our church members from Miri.

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Here is a snapshot of some the Grace Methodist Church members. All in all, there were 31 of us in attendance.

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The pianist was ready.

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The choir members were from the Youths’, Young Adults’, Ladies’ and Men’s Ministries. Roseline counted and noted that there were 67 wonderful singers!

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Here’s an angle from the back.

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From the balcony.

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View from the entrance.

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The giant screens showing the image of the Organizing Chairman Mr Hii Ching Chiong and his message. Mr Hii is also the current Lay Leader of SCAC.

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Bishop Rev. Dr. Hwa Yung delivering his opening speech.

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SCAC President Rev. Dr. Su Chii Ann welcoming the delegates.

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The Intercession was lead by Masland’s very own Pastor Rev. Kong Chong Ling, flanked by two other Pastors.

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The leaders were united in prayer. (L-R Bishop Rev. Dr. Hwa Yung, ex-Bishop Datuk Rev. Dr. Peter Chio, Rev. Dr. Su Chii Ann, Mr Hii Ching Chiong and Sibu Mayor Datuk Tiong Thai King).

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So were the District Lay Leaders. We are proud and blessed that Miri District Lay Leader Mr Ting Kong Yu (L-2nd) is from our church.

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The Intercession continued.

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This is one of my favourites – the clock showed 11:30 with natural light entering through the skylight onto the praying crowd at the mezzanine floor. What a moment captured!

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One for the album – Roseline, Bishop Rev. Dr. Hwa Yung and Winnie, wife of Rev. Dr. Tie King Tai.

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During our trip to Sibu, my wife and I visited Masland Methodist Church on June 2, a day before the big convention commenced. Having gone through massive expansion and renovations for the past few years, the century-old church is one of the distinguished landmarks in Sarawak.

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What a magnificent facade!

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To preserve its rich history, the church’s main doors remained unchanged.

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Stepping into the Holy Sanctuary gives us a deep sense of God’s grace.

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There are also balcony seats along both sides on Level One. The seats on the ground floor are temporary because the wooden pews are not ready yet.

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For effective functionality, the large TV screen serves those in the pulpit area. Towards the end section you will notice the mezzanine floor with wooden pews. Overhead lies the glass skylight that allows natural light to shine into the Sanctuary. Good design, :).

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The array of coloured lights creates a soothing and peaceful ambience.

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Central to the church’s beautiful design is the huge majestic Cross suspended from the ceiling.

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Much gratitude and thanks to SCAC President Rev. Dr. Su Chii Ann for the guided tour despite his busy schedule.

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Bishop Rev. Dr. Hwa Yung officiating the opening ceremony at the SCAC Board of Laity – 9th Methodist Convention. My wife and I were among the 1500 people who attended the opening session yesterday morning (June 3rd) at the newly-renovated Masland Methodist Church, Sibu.

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