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Thursday, 14 December 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

CCM bazaar offers various options for shoppers this Christmas

TO kick-off the month-long preparations for Christmas, the Council of Churches Malaysia (CCM) held a Christmas Bazaar and Concert recently.

This was the second time CCM held a charity bazaar at its premises in Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya, and the event was well-received by patrons who were curious to see what was on offer.

The bazaar, which was open for only a few hours on a Saturday afternoon, had 18 stalls run by non-governmental organisations, several welfare homes, as well as independent vendors.

Visitors had plenty to choose from as there were foodstuff and baked treats, handmade bags, handicrafts, clothes, accessories, artwork, greeting cards, as well as various trinkets and Christian souvenir items.

Those who were done shopping were invited upstairs where local German church groups were running a charity cafe. Visitors could enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with cakes baked by the German families.

Many of the bags on sale are made by people from marginalised communities.
Many of the bags on sale are made by people from marginalised communities.

A group of children from the Myanmarese community living around Kepong and Sungai Buloh were invited to partake in the festivities.

They spent the afternoon laughing and dancing along to the antics of a clown and later received Christmas presents from members of the German community in Petaling Jaya.

CCM secretary-general Rev Dr Hermen Shastri said the community had carefully picked each present to suit each child.

“Christmas joy is best seen on the faces of children. We can see that they really enjoyed themselves today,” he said.

The charity cafe organised by local German church groups was a hit with visitors who wanted to try homemade German baked goods. — Photos: AZMAN GHANI/The Star
The charity cafe organised by local German church groups was a hit with visitors who wanted to try homemade German baked goods.

Visitors were also treated to a casual evening concert by accomplished mixed chamber choir Cantus Musicus, who sang a mix of popular Christmas carols and choral pieces in English, Latin and German.

Cantus Musicus returned to CCM the following day for a presentation of Nine Lessons and Carols, a service of carols that is popularly held and broadcasted at King’s College in Cambridge, England around Christmas time.

The free Sunday evening concert was held before a full-house crowd in the presence of foreign ambassadors as well as leaders from the Christian community in Malaysia.

Some of the Christian community leaders present were German-speaking Roman Catholic community in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore chaplain Rev Hans-Joachim Fogl, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Emeritus Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam, Bible Society of Malaysia general-secretary Rev Mathew Punnoose and Anglican Church of the Province of South- East Asia Archbishop Datuk Ng Moon Hing.

 

(From left) Cantus Musicus choir member Andrew Ho, choir director Lisa Ho, Fogl, Pakiam, Punnoose, Ng, Mrs Punnoose and Leela Jesuthasan.
(From left) Cantus Musicus choir member Andrew Ho, choir director Lisa Ho, Fogl, Pakiam, Punnoose, Ng, Mrs Punnoose and Leela Jesuthasan.