On Sunday the 8th December 2019, with the support of the Baptist Union of Victoria, Point Cook Community Baptist Church held ‘Carols by Sunlight’ a 100% free Christmas outreach event for our local community.
The project team, (made up of volunteers from our congregation) spent many hours of their valuable time in planning for the lead up to ‘Carols by Sunlight.’ With more Church volunteers helping out with the event on the day.
Carols by Sunlight was publicised with a letterbox drop to over 1200 homes in our local community. Flyers were also left at a local coffee shop for distribution to their customers. The event was also advertised on our website and in a local news magazine.
The gates opened for ‘Carols by Sunlight’ at 11.30. As families arrived each child was given a showbag containing some yummies to eat, a Christmas comic book and a toy. Outside the ‘three-in-one’ jumping castle was a huge hit for the kids, while the coffee van was a hit for the adults. And everyone was also able to enjoy a sausage or two.
Inside the venue there were more fun activities. Crafts tables were set up with families sitting around them making Christmas decorations together. A dress up photo booth was set up where families could dress up as Mary, Joseph, Wisemen, Shepherds or angels. The highlight inside for kids (and adults) was the face painter and balloon twister.
The activities wrapped up at 1.30, and all present were invited to stay for our carols service, which included a Christmas play ‘The Three Trees’ put on by members of our congregation.
It was such a blessing to see so many people, from all walks of life, from within our local community come through the gates and have a good time with all the activities. And with a number of them staying for the service too, praise God.
The highlight for me was a comment made by one man after the service, he said that he hadn’t been in a Church for over 17 years, and he had been distant from God since his Grandfather had passed. He shared with me how he and his family enjoyed the event, but more importantly he shared how he felt God had touched his heart.
David van Wynen
Pastor, Point Cook Community Baptist Church