Heather Dearden, Gabi Laws and Jenny Bryant are excited to present a range of Christmas activites, including a festive Messy Church, at St Mark's Anglican Church. Photo Sophie Lester / Warwick Daily News
Heather Dearden, Gabi Laws and Jenny Bryant are excited to present a range of Christmas activites, including a festive Messy Church, at St Mark's Anglican Church. Photo Sophie Lester / Warwick Daily News Sophie Lester

Christmas goes down under at St Mark's

ST MARK'S Anglican Church will celebrate the traditional message of Christmas with events for Christmas Down Under from tomorrow until Friday.

Parishioner Sue Nalder is at the helm of the event which uses craft, face-painting and story telling to share the story of Christmas with Warwick residents.

"Christmas Down Under is my baby," Mrs Nalder said.

"Through these activities we share that what Christmas is all about is the birth of Jesus Christ, who was the coming to Earth of God and the ultimate gift.

"For many people it's not considered but we are celebrating a birthday and what we want is people to come along and recognise that Jesus is the reason for the season."

Mrs Nalder said Christmas Down Under was well supported by many of the other churches in Warwick to share the traditional message of Christmas.

"Our message is one of peace, hope and love," she said.

"The event is coming up on 12 years since it was started by Reverend Barbara Diery and it's now supported by volunteers from different churches in Warwick.

"Together we have a lot of people come together to remind others what the real story of Christmas is - that it's not just about the parties, and while there is a place for Santa Claus, there's also a place for Jesus."

Christmas Down Under will be hosted at Rose City Shoppingworld outside BI-LO from 9.30am to 1.30pm from tomorrow until Friday.

There will be a chance for a free photo with the Nativity Scene. For more information, phone Sue on 0427 962 281 or 0427 000 887.



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