Almost 30 years ago, when our region was gripped by a terrible drought, it was decided that we need to find a way to come together and celebrate life even in the midst of sorrow.
On behalf of Parkes Ministers Association, Sister Eileen Quade and team had the genius idea of bringing the churches, the schools and the community together to sing Christmas carols.
The songs and message of Christmas bring us a special hope, joy and peace like no other, that does not depend on our circumstances.
“Joy to the World”, published 300 years ago, remains an all-time favourite song because it fills our hearts with joy and enduring hope.
“Silent Night” is renowned for conveying a supernatural peace. Each carol, whether new or traditional, has a special story and impact on us.
It is the message of Christmas that brings the churches together in a powerful and unified way. Unto us the Son is born. Jesus is God with us, identifying with all our needs. As we personally put our trust in him, he gives us a brand new quality of life: abundant and eternal.
We greatly value the work of each of our school choirs and music teachers who, in the midst of the busiest time of the year, labour diligently to bring the best out of our children and youth. All local schools are bringing to us a song of celebration this year!
In the midst of this prolonged season of loss and trial, we deeply appreciate the so many organisations who have generously pitched in to provide help, encouragement and hope.
Carols in the Park continues to be a celebration of community and life!
By Rev Andrew Taggart
(President, Parkes Ministers Association)