Catholics and Baptists singing carols on Dec 16.Catholics and Baptists singing carols on Dec 16.
CATHOLICS and Baptists blended their voices together to sing carols in the housing board estates on King’s Road.

The joint carolling was initiated by the Evangelization Committee of the Church Of St Ignatius headed by Ms Anne-Marie Ang, 45.

They met up with the leaders of the neighbouring International Baptist Church (IBC), decided to rope in 25 members from each of their choirs and select the songs for the carolling. After separate practices, the respective choirs came together just 1 /2 hours before they were to perform at one of the void decks of a Farrer Court and Queen’s Close housing block on Dec 16.

Under the baton of music director and Pastor Tom Anderson from IBC, the combined choir blended harmoniously a cappella.

Curious residents from the quiet neighbourhood stopped to watch as the carollers, attired in black and white with a touch of red or green, began their first song. Many remained and many more families came to enjoy the carol singing.

A 20-something young woman from IBC, Miss Marj Claravall, said she joined the carolling because she felt “Christmas time is the best start to share unity”.

Ms Esther Tan, also from IBC, said, “I am glad that we could send the Christmas message through songs.”

Anna Williams, 16, one of the youngest IBC members, said it was a good experience to be able to “minister” to some people through Christmas songs.

Ms Suzanne Jarzabkowska, who attends St Ignatius, was asked by the church to join the carolling. Although she noted the technical difficulty of singing in the open air, she said the ecumenical effort really made the event special.

This is not the first time both groups had come together for events.

The International Baptist Church joins the annual ecumenical gathering organised by the St Ignatius parish during the Week Of Christian Unity in January.

Mr Joey Lee and other parishioners of St Ignatius church and also join the Bible study sessions in IBC. “We believe in one God and one Bible whether we are Baptist or Catholic,” he noted.

The event, which was a novel experience for many, ended with a buffet meal at the St Ignatius church canteen.

Deacon Hodges Wayne from the Baptist community later remarked, “It was truly a joyous Christmas with the singing spirit.”

By Merilyn Dasson

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