The worship band performs at Kumar Bhaskar Natya Mandir in Guwahati on Sunday. Picture by Manash Das
Guwahati: A worship band, a hip-hop band, DJs and dancers came together, thanks to King’s Church Central from Shillong, for a Christmas Eve event at the Kumar Bhaskar Natya Mandir here to prove that the Christmas message can be delivered in a “joyful” manner. The senior pastor of King’s Church Central, L.S. Toi, said, “Christmas services need not be a solemn and sedate affair within the four walls of a church. We want to convey the Christmas message in a joyful manner. A worship band from Shillong and another band from Jowai, a youthful hip-hop group named Kingdom Culture, are conveying the joy of Christmas in a modern way to the people. Dance is lending a fresh festive air to the Christmas celebrations.”
“We have come down from Shillong to enjoy Christmas with our Assamese neighbours and friends. Christmas is about peace and it should start with our neighbours before thinking on a global level,” he added.
The Dispur Baptist Church also began its three-day celebration on Sunday.
Church member Jasmine Rabha said, “People who have been associated with this church residing in other states will also join us for prayers and festivities.”
The Catholic Church at Six-Mile is also gearing up with church members and sisters constructing a model of Bethlehem where Jesus Christ was born. However, the Christmas this year is muted, feel Shillongites.
Even the shopkeepers in Guwahati have been disappointed with the Christmas sales this year.
Only the bakeries are doing good business with cakes and other items flying off the shelves.
Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi and chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal have conveyed their warm greetings and best wishes to the people of the state on Christmas.
ALI FAUZ HASSAN and HIRANYA BARMAN Telegraph India