Clarence Valley Councillor and Citizen of the Year Pauline Plant, right, assists Clara Hall, off Grafton, centre and Shary Jack with a meal during the Yamba Wellspring Church Christmas luncheon.
Clarence Valley Councillor and Citizen of the Year Pauline Plant, right, assists Clara Hall, off Grafton, centre and Shary Jack with a meal during the Yamba Wellspring Church Christmas luncheon. DEBRAH NOVAK

A big family Christmas

ABOUT 60 people, who might have otherwise missed the experience, tucked into a delicious Christmas dinner courtesy of Yamba’s Wellspring Church.

For the sixth year in succession the church in Treelands Drive, Yamba, hosted the free lunch, designed to give people who for some reason might not be able to enjoy the day with friends or family, the chance to share in the Christmas spirit.

Pastor Eric Aaron said numbers were up slightly this year and everyone enjoyed the chance to enjoy a delicious meal in some good company.

“Many people are lonely on Christmas Day because they cannot join in the Christmas celebrations that many of us take for granted,” he said.

“I’m not sure why numbers are up slightly this year – we normally have between 40 and 50 people – but it was only a slight increase.

“This lunch helps those people connect with others in similar situations.

“They enjoy a few hours of fun and friendship on what otherwise might have been a sad day for them.”

Pastor Aaron paid tribute to the businesses that supported the church’s Christmas lunch.

“Yamba Fair Butchery supplied the ham, Yamba Fair Cafe the chicken, Causleys Fruit and Veg gave us a lot of salad stuff and Pete’s Bakehouse gave us the bread rolls. Bi-Lo also supplied $50 worth of groceries,” he said.

“All the businesses that helped us out were really keen to be involved.”

Pastor Aaron also thanked the many people, from in and outside the church, who volunteered their time to help out on Christmas Day.

“Our church is really involved with the community so we had a lot of people from the community who wanted to help out on the day,” he said.

The helpers dished out a tasty meal of cold ham and chicken with plenty of different salads.

For dessert there was Christmas pudding with ice-cream, cream and custard.

“It was a delicious meal. Perfect for a hot summer’s day,” Pastor Aaron said.

“And to top it off, everyone there enjoyed three hours of fun and friendship that they would definitely not have had by themselves.”



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