CHRISTMAS CHEER: Reverend Heather Dearden is ready to enjoy the Christmas celebrations at St Mark's Anglican Parish this weekend.
CHRISTMAS CHEER: Reverend Heather Dearden is ready to enjoy the Christmas celebrations at St Mark's Anglican Parish this weekend. Elyse Wurm

East Street Singers set to spread Christmas cheer

CHRISTMAS songs are set to ring out through the historic St Mark's Anglican Parish this weekend as festive spirit continues to take over town.

The East Street Singers will be performing at the church from 6pm Sunday, singing some of the items from Handel's Messiah as well as popular carols.

Reverend Heather Dearden said the music would be interspersed with lessons about the Christmas story.

"The atmosphere is lovely, the church looks lovely with candles and the music is inspiring,” she said.

Before the carols, the community is invited to attend a free sausage sizzle in the courtyard of the church.

If the heavens open as predicted, the gathering will move into the church hall.

"The parish family comes and everybody is welcome, that's our Christmas gathering,” Mrs Dearden said.

"It puts the real meaning of Christmas in there.”

For people who enjoy a sweet festive treat, the church also has this covered with a goodies stall being held before and after the 8.30am service on Sunday.

"Friends of St Mark's have been baking and they have a Christmas stall selling Christmas cakes, puddings, fudge and all the Christmas fare,” Mrs Dearden said.

Anything left over after the morning service will be sold in the evening before the carols.

Sunday will also be the first opportunity members have to place a prayer on the Christmas tree at St Mark's, which will be put up today.

"I've noticed that people just pop in during the day because the church is open and even people who may not consider themselves religious often like to write a prayer for Christmas and hang it on the tree,” Mrs Dearden said.

The morning service at St Mark's will be held at 8.30am on the corner of Grafton and Albion Sts.

The Christmas sausage sizzle will run from 5pm with carols starting at 6pm.



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