Mrs Jessie Goh telling kids Christmas stories at Jurong Point Shopping Centre. Photo: ZHAO YI OF INFOCOMM ASIA HOLDINGS

Children who visited Jurong Point Shopping Centre recently had a rare treat as they listened to stories such as the birth of Baby Jesus and the Little Drummer Boy.

Mrs Jessie Goh, a Holy Family parishioner, enthralled them with these and other stories on Dec 18, as part of an outreach by the Daughters of St Paul.

For over 15 years, the nuns have conducted an annual Christmas outreach at the shopping centre, entitled Bringing Christ to the Marketplace. During this period, they make their spiritual books and media materials available at a push-cart, in the hope of also reminding shoppers that Jesus is the real reason for the season.

This year, the nuns extended their outreach with an afternoon of storytelling for children conducted in two sessions.

Mrs Jessie Goh, a storyteller with the Storytelling Association (Singapore), started each session asking the children what Christmas meant to them.


The Daughters of St Paul Christmas outreach kiosk at the shopping centre.

She then told them the story of the birth of Jesus, followed by the story of the Little Drummer Boy, who had nothing to give Baby Jesus except his gift of drumming. Here she invited the children to discover the joy of sharing the gift of their talents.

Her final story was about a school which invited its students to fill up shoeboxes for the poor. One little girl, who was poor herself, nevertheless gave her father a shoebox at Christmas. When he opened it, he found it empty. But when he asked if it was a joke, she replied that she had filled it with all her love. The children were thus reminded that love is the greatest gift of all.

The session ended with the kids folding a piece of paper into the shape of a heart, which they could give to their parents.

The children, who numbered between 20 and 30 for each session, also received a paper cut-out gift from the mall and chocolates from the Sisters.

Mrs Goh, a retired teacher from CHIJ Katong Convent and Opera Estate, who had taught Daughter of St Paul, Sr Wendy Ooi, told CatholicNews: “After the two sessions that day, I felt I had reached out to many because not only did the children and their parents listen, many others were hanging around the railings of the two floors above looking down and listening too!”

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