A special lunch was organised and enjoyed by the combined churches of Murray Bridge, who got together on Christmas Day to celebrate one of the most important days of the christian calendar.
Co-coordinator Marg Daly from the Murray Bridge Catholic Parish and Reverend Frances Bartlett welcomed guests to the Uniting Church and joined with them to say a prayer before the meal.
Reverend Bartlett said guests who attended the lunch were treated to a delicious ham and turkey cooked lunch with all the trimmings and were later joined by Father Christmas who arrived to hand out a small gift.
“Members of the Anglican Church organised a surprise package for each guest and everyone went home having received a sense of community care, generosity and connection,” she said.
“This is what lies at the heart of Christmas.”
A strong sense of community spirit thrived during this occasion as a team of 20 dedicated volunteers from various churches – a group which including a family from Mypolonga – made themselves available to help out on the day.
“One of the volunteer’s mother said to her family that all she wanted for her Christmas present was for them to all help at the Christmas Day lunch,’ Rev. Bartlett said.
“They all came together to help make her wish come true, which was very special to see.
Rev Bartlett said it was thank to the generosity of supporters of the event helped make the day a success.
“Woolworths and Farm Fresh were generous supporters for the day which was most appreciated.
“Thank you to all the guests and everyone who helped to make this Christmas a community day and to remember Jesus as the reason for this season.
“God bless you into the New Year.”