Com­mu­nity event unites gen­er­a­tions

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Meg Bolton [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

CHRIST­MAS is a time to cel­e­brate, ap­pre­ci­ate and unite with loved ones for the Sip­pel fam­ily.

This week­end they will start their fes­tive sea­son cel­e­bra­tions at the Min­den Bap­tist Church where the fam­ily has con­gre­gated for six gen­er­a­tions.

From day one the fam­ily has played an ac­tive role in church events, and this year the three gen­er­a­tions worked side by side in all facets of church op­er­a­tions.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Ebonie Kammholz (nee Sip­pel) said the Christ­mas carol event was not just for church at­ten­dees but ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity.

“We’ve got the jump­ing cas­tle, an­i­mal farm and the face paint­ing, so it’s a real fam­ily get-to­gether,” Mrs Kammholz said.

“It’s de­signed as a fam­ily out­ing to learn the mean­ing of Christ­mas.

“But it also gives (peo­ple) the op­por­tu­nity to sing some car­ols, as a lot of car­ni­val events these days don’t have the carol singing.”

Now in its sec­ond year, com­mit­tee mem­bers hope the event in­creases in pop­u­lar­ity af­ter more than 300 peo­ple at­tended in 2017.

Event or­gan­iser Dion Stern­berg is urg­ing ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity to get in­volved and spread Christ­mas cheer.

“With ev­ery­one so busy rush­ing here and there, es­pe­cially at this time of year, it is so nice to re­lax at a low-key event in your own back­yard,” Mr Stern­berg said.

The com­mu­nity car­ols event will be held at the Min­den Bap­tist Church on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9, from 4pm.

PHOTO: ALI KUCHEL

FAM­ILY TIME: Des, Mal­colm and Ebonie with baby Jed at­tend church.

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