Free Reading Program A Blessed Success Admin October 9, 2012 4th Miri, Community outreach, Grace Methodist Church, Membership and Evangelism The children performing an action song. by James TC Wong Oct 6, Miri – More than 40 lower primary students from SJK Chung Hua (C) Pujut received their attendance certificates at Grace Methodist Church (GMC) in a simple closing ceremony to celebrate the successful Reading Bus program launched six months ago. The free, fortnightly three-hour class under the Children’s Sunday School ministry was organized with the goal to improve English proficiency among primary school students especially those from lower income families who are unable to send their children for private tuition. In her welcoming speech, Pastor-in-charge Rev. Lisa Ting thanked the teacher-volunteers and parents of the students for their love and concern for the children. “Our volunteers have put in much effort for the past six months to guide the children. Now we hope the children will continue to put into practice using the English language as it is such an important language internationally,” said the good shepherd. Follow-up church-based activities were introduced to the parents many of whom were first-time visitors to GMC. To promote the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade, video clips about the respective organizations were played. “We welcome your children’s participation on every Saturday at our church,” said Roseline Lee, the BB Captain of 4th Miri to the parents in attendance. “As you can see from the activities in the video clip, we inculcate a good sense of character composed of Christian beliefs, values, life skills and traits with the purpose of nurturing today’s youth to serve and lead tomorrow,” she added. GB Captain Eunice Ho summarized the activities carried out like singspiration, devotion, badge work, drills and games. “Our motto is to seek, serve and follow Christ,” Ho declared. The Children’s Sunday School Superintendent Mary Tam spoke after video clips were shown to the parents. “Your children will benefit from the Sunday School because the lessons are conducted in English. This will provide the kids the opportunity to converse in English especially when they hardly get to do it at home,” she explained. The Vacation Bible School (VBS) from Nov 12-16 to be held in the church premises received a positive response after it was announced by the volunteer-in-charge, Jennifer Fam. “This year we’ll have an interesting program lined-up for your kids so make sure to sign-up fast as seats are limited.” A student receives her attendance certificate from Rev. Lisa. Light refreshments were served after each student received an attendance certificate from Rev. Lisa Ting. “I’ve enjoyed much during the Reading Bus program. I also learned to read better in English and I also have new friends,” said student Janice Tiong.