My recollections at the Parish of St Paul’s Petaling Jaya
My association with St Paul’s started when I came to Petaling Jaya in June 1973 as a young student pursuing my university education at the University of Malaya. We I arrived in this big place from my hometown of Penang, I had a sense of homesickness as this was the first time I was away from home. Thanks to the hospitality of some great members of St Paul’s church, I was able to fit myself comfortably into the life of the parish. The church at that time was serious in reaching out to students.
I came from the home parish of St Paul’s Penang where I had attended during my schooldays and was active in the youth fellowship. During my university course, I decided to be baptized and commit to a Christian faith as I came from a family that is very rooted in the Taoist faith. I believe that was the right timing for me as I am an independent adult and my parents have objection. Thanks for the church which provided the van to transport us from the university colleges to church on Sundays and the invitations from the lovely Mr & Mrs Lim Heng Seng to their home in Section 6 for meals occasionally. This really left an indelible impact on me and I continue to be involved in the church in the activities, such as the Young Anglicans, Choir, PCC and Home Fellowship. Continuing my involvement at the higher level, I was the Treasurer for the Diocesan Youth Council, and was elected to the Diocesan Synod for a few years. This had taught me more about our Diocese and the many churches we have in the diocese.
I had a good working relationship with all the previous Vicars and curates who served at St. Pauls, including, Ven Canon Luke Ooi, Rt. Ven Canon Moses Ponniah, Ven Canon Butwan Manikam, Ven Canon Charles Samuel, Ven Canon Ng Moon Hing, Rev. Ng Peng Yoon, Rev. Steven Soe, and now, Ven Canon Eddie Ong and Deaconess Ruth.
I enjoyed my presence in the choir, under Mrs Glo Rajendran and the initial home fellowship...