INANAM – More than 3000 visitors from all walks of life turned up for the 5th Inanam Inter-Church Christmas Street Festival, which was held over two evenings on Dec 1-2 at Inanam Memorial Monument.
The theme for this year’s fiesta was “Jesus is the Bright Morning Star”.
The annual event, which was organized by the Sabah Council of Christian Churches Inanam branch, was participated by all Christian denominations within Inanam, Kolombong, Menggatal and Telipok areas.
This year the number of participation has been pared down to 13 choir groups to give way to three local Christian singers in the persons of Rey Kimara, Rosario and Hosiana Kewon who have been invited by the organizers to entertain the crowd with Advent and Christmas songs.
The lighting up of the Christmas tree, carol singing, Christmas drama, lucky draws and traditional ethnic dances have been lined up for the revellers’ enjoyment.
Kenny Chua, the Assistant Minister of Finance and current State Assemblyman for Inanam officiated the event, while Dean Musa Ambai a representative from Sabah Council of Churches closed it on behalf of Anglican Bishop Datuk Melter Jiki Tais.
Among the guests were Dr Roland Chia, the former State Assemblymen for Inanam, Fr Mitchelly Kiun, the spiritual adviser for the Interchurch Christmas Street, Archdeacon Moses Chin, Benny Chua PPM and several local church leaders.
The Interchurch Christmas Street Festival was the brainchild of Dr Chia, who saw the need for the churches to reach out to the faith communities in this northern part of Kota Kinabalu City.
The 1st Christmas Celebration was also held at Tugu Peringatan Inanam on Dec 15, 2014 which attracted some 500-600 people. – Michael Guntili