The official opening and blessing of the Community Hall cum Sunday School of St. Matthew Chapel Kampung Karu by the Honourable YB. Datuk Dr. Jerip Susil, the Asst. Minister of Transport, Sarawak and the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Kuching and Brunei, the Right Rev’d Danald Jute was held on Sunday, 5th November 2017 at 11.30am.
Among those present to witness the ceremony was the Archdeacon/Vicar of Upper Southern Archdeaconary, Rev’d Andrew Stephen Pahah , Priest-In-Charge All Saints Anglican Church BRS, Rev’d Joshua Young Chun Jo, Sub-Deacon Western Rangin and L/R Jaya Budis, PCC members, Women Fellowship and a few hundred parishioners and residents of the kampong.
The construction of the Community Hall at a total cost of RM450,000.00 (Phase1 costing RM150,000.00 and Phase2 costing RM300,000.00) was partly financed through the collections and donations of St. Matthew parishioners and the residents of Kampung Karu while the Sarawak Government donated RM150,000.00 through the assistance of YB. The Honourable Datuk Dr. Jerip Susil.
The Hall is to cater for various functions by the Chapel and to accommodate about one hundred children attending Sunday School. Let the Children of God hear the Words of God at an early age and take them to heart. Praise Be To God.
The service commenced with an opening prayer by Sub-Deacon Western Rangin. This was followed by the cutting of the ribbon by Datuk Dr. Jerip Susil and signing of the Plague by the Bishop, the Right Rev’d Danald Jute. The Bishop then sprinkled Holy water at the entrance and inside the Hall as a blessing for the community. All those present were then invited to enter the Hall.
The Chairman of the organising committee, L/R Jaya Budis gave his speech followed by speech from Bishop, the Right Rev’d Danald Jute and YB Dauk Dr. Jerip Susil.
As token of appreciation, a fruit basket was presented to the Right Rev’d Danald Jute and YB Datuk Dr. Jerip Susil.
The closing prayer and Grace was recited by L/R Luput Sarit before a sumptuous lunch of kampong dishes prepared by the Women Fellowship was served to the invited guests and all those present. The session ended at 1.00pm.