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Celebrate Christmas at St Luke’s Clovelly’s Street Party

By Siriol Dafydd on November 26, 2019 in News

Celebrate community, have a good time and get to know your neighbours, by Dave Rogers.

Fancy a street party this Christmas season? The wonderful people at St Luke’s Anglican Church in Clovelly are throwing a festive shin-dig on Sunday, December 8.
The event will take place on the corner of Arden and Varna Streets from 4pm. Varna Street will be closed for the occasion and there will be free inflatables, a petting zoo and face painting galore. There will also be a barbecue on site and food provided by Wholegreen Bakery. If that wasn’t enough to get you in the festive spirit, there will also be carol singing from 6pm, fabulous fun for the whole family!
St Luke’s Anglican Church has been in Clovelly in one form or another for well over a century. Now run by Lead Pastor Dave Rogers, this wonderful little local church is focused on inclusivity and creating a sense of community. Over the last few years they’ve re-built the congregation from almost nothing. Despite almost having to close at one point, they are now stronger than ever with a young crew who are very involved and doing great work in our area.
“St Luke’s has been here since 1890 – Clovelly Public School met in the old church hall until 1909. A new chapter began ten years ago, when 17 adults and two kids launched a new Sunday gathering at 4pm. We’ve been growing since then, started a Friday youth group, kids clubs, and our Clomama playgroup meets on two days,” Pastor Dave told The Beast.
“There’s a great community here, from young adults to families and oldies.”
When he’s not busy running community initiatives, growing the church and spreading the word on Jesus, Pastor Dave loves spending time with his family in the local area.
“I’m married to Mera with three little people, and lead and serve the church community at St Luke’s, Clovelly. We’ve been in Clovelly for ten years now and love it – this is the only place our kids have called home,” he said.
“All our kids have splashed at Clovelly Beach and Bronte Bogey Hole, although I’m excited that we’re migrating to the waves now. You’ll see me at Wholegreen Bakery and Eugene’s, and I’m partial to some Iggy’s bread and a cheeky Portuguese tart from Village.”
Of course, Christmas is a great time to give back to that local community he loves so much.
“Christmas is a time of good news in an anxious world. We reckon Jesus’ birth is worth celebrating, so we’re putting on a street party for our whole community. There’s live music and free activities from 4pm, then Carols from 6pm. It’s a great day to get out, meet our community, celebrate Christmas, and the kids will love it. Come join the fun!”
Whether you believe in Jesus or not, this is all about celebrating community, having a good time and getting to know your neighbours, so please pop down for a sausage sizzle and a sing-song at St Luke’s on Sunday, December 8.