Feb 17 2024

KUCHING — The Empowered Ministry (St Joseph Parish Youth Ministry) and the Kuching Archdiocesan Youth Commission (KAYC) recently organised an Emcee Workshop at the Archdiocesan Curia and Cathedral Pastoral Centre (ACCPC). This two-day event, held from Jan 13–14, 2024, was the first emcee workshop organised by Empowered and KAYC.

The workshop featured Timothy Marimuthu, a seasoned emcee with over 15 years of experience across church, social, corporate, and government events. Timothy’s extensive portfolio includes emceeing prominent events such as the recent What About Kuching (WAK) 2022, Rabies International Borneo Conference 2022, and the ASEAN Food Conference 2023, among others.

The workshop’s primary objectives were to familiarise participants with the roles, responsibilities, and essential skills of an effective emcee, tailored specifically for Christian gatherings and events. Eight participants from various parishes engaged in practical exercises, simulating scenarios from church dinners to wedding receptions.

The workshop yielded positive outcomes, empowering participants with increased confidence and the ability to manage performance anxiety while emphasising the spiritual aspects of emceeing. As the workshop concluded with favourable reviews, KAYC and Empowered anticipate future emcee workshops to further equip aspiring emcees for the Archdiocese’s upcoming events.

The emcee workshop was great, it was practical, Tim, our speaker was very hands-on in his approaches to teach us on the way to emcee. Overall, if there are more to come, I highly recommend anyone interested to join. ~ Lucas

I now have a deeper understanding of the importance of the emcee role thanks to the emcee workshop. What I learnt from this workshop was how to develop the bravery to face people and not be afraid to make mistakes while also learning from them. I would like to express my gratitude to the speakers and organisers for giving me the chance to practise a skill I wanted to hone and for using it in future events. ~ Hillary

It was a pleasant experience and an informative workshop. A very hands-on learning with all the personal sharing and insights from our speaker, Brother Timothy. It was helpful for personal growth and deepening our relationship with God in terms of the Christian perspective. ~ Jennifer Today’s Catholic