Lagos Lawn Tennis Club (LLTC) has performed its annual Christmas carol with the label “Carols of the Nine Lessons”. Carol’s service was held at Lord Rumens Center Court, LLTC, TBS, Lagos Island.
Some pupils and students from Charlie Marie School Group, Labori Oloja, Ogun State, were also present for a special Christmas carol and a dramatic presentation of a song of hope, a Christian hymn.
Speaking at the event, club president Kolade Olutekunbi said the gathering is significant as both Christians and Muslims celebrate Christ together to launch everyone and the club leadership into the New Year in prayer.
He congratulated the club’s carol committee chairman and publicity secretary, Adekunbi Akin-Taylor, for organizing the carol.
The officiating priest, Segun Ladeinde of the Diocese of Lagos Anglican Communion, gave the exhortation from the Scriptures. He said that the Christmas Carol is a symbol of God’s love, adding that genuine love is required for a better nation.
He told Christians to “come, taste, and see that the Lord is good,” noting that outside of God, there is nothing else. It is a tradition.
In her remarks, Ms Akin-Taylor said the Christmas carol has been a club tradition for years. She reiterated that the carol unites different religions and unites them as one.
Talking about the attractiveness of the club, he said that the club is not just a social group, but a sports and recreation club.
“Although specifically a tennis club, there are other sections such as Squash, Snooker/Billiards, Table Tennis, Darts and Other Games,” he added.
Ms. Akin-Taylor also noted that club members are carefully selected and vetted before being admitted.
“And being a member of the club, you must abide by the club’s code of conduct and abide by integrity and love, as the club’s motto is ‘One club, one love.’
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He revealed that the LLTC was founded in 1895 and is Nigeria’s largest and oldest club in sub-Saharan Africa.
The club secretary, Mr. Akeem Apatira, said that regardless of whether he is a Muslim, he participates in the Carol every year without discrimination.
He stressed that during the Muslim holidays, the club members also gather to mark the occasion.
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