Thursday, September 23, 2021

The night before Christmas at a small city church

Churches, like most organisations, have gone online this year in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. But the government's recent announcement that services will be allowed has seen some, like this small church in Ara Damansara, hurrying to get things ready by Christmas Day. (Note: masks were worn except for photo purposes.)

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The musicians and song leader conduct a sound check before the practice begins.

Some are a bit rusty as the various lockdowns throughout the year have meant operating with a skeletal crew, but they enjoy themselves nonetheless.

The bassist focuses on her chords, reflected in the plastic drum shield beside her.

It’s important to pay attention to the song leader, whose gestures will determine how many times a song is repeated and which part comes next.

It’s a long wait for baby who tries to hurry things up a bit.

A church member who came straight from work sits near the Christmas tree for a quick break.

Others meanwhile put the finishing touches on the decorations.

The practice session ends with musicians and decorations alike ready for the big day.

And, as any Malaysian knows, there’s always time for dessert.

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