CHURCH EVENT: Alyssa Blanch enjoying getting arty at Christmas Down Under.
CHURCH EVENT: Alyssa Blanch enjoying getting arty at Christmas Down Under. Sophie Lester

Volunteers busy during first day of Christmas Down Under

VOLUNTEERS from Warwick's various Christian churches were busy for the first day of Christmas Down Under at Rose City Shoppingworld yesterday.

The space outside of BI-LO has been taken over by a nativity scene and craft space dedicated to sharing the traditional Christmas message.

St Mark's Anglican Church parishioner Sue Nalder said volunteers from all church groups had worked hard to set up the event.

"We've had quite a few groups through already, from a few months old to 12 years," Mrs Nalder said.

"We have lots of crafts for the younger ones like simple stamping and colouring-in to the more intricate activities like making bookmarks and Christmas cards for the older kids.

"All churches, not just St Mark's, are involved in the event - we've got volunteers from the Uniting, Baptist, Catholic and Presbyterian churches helping us today."

Children are encouraged to attend the free event running until Friday from 9.30am to 1.30pm with plenty of craft activities like facepainting and colouring-in telling the story of the first Christmas.

"There's no charge but there is a donation box for anyone who would like to make a donation," Mrs Nalder said.

"We really hope people come along and realise Jesus is the reason for the season."

Families can also have their photo taken for free in front of the nativity scene, which is printed on site and placed in a souvenir card.

For more information, phone Dianne Cahill on 0427 000 887 or Mrs Nalder on 0427 962 281.



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