Festive feast unites lonely

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Grace and Glory Ministries pastor and event organiser Steve Marshall at the Albany PCYC.
Camera IconGrace and Glory Ministries pastor and event organiser Steve Marshall at the Albany PCYC. Credit: Laurie Benson

An expected turnout of close to 300 people will join in the annual Free Community Christmas Luncheon, facilitated by Steve and Karen Marshall.

Grace and Glory Ministries International Church pastor Mr Marshall said the event would be a highlight of the year.

“I have been operating these lunches for 35 years and 10 years in Albany,” he said.

“Initially, I started them for those who were homeless, who didn’t have anywhere to go for Christmas, but what I have found in the past years is that the lunch brings joy and happiness in lives for a wide range of people wanting to celebrate Christmas.

“This year, we have people attending from Perth, Jerramungup, Katanning, Mt Barker and other regional areas.”

Pastor Marshall said there were a lot of people alone on Christmas day and lonely over the festive season, so the lunch was a great way to bring them together.

“This luncheon could not be made possible without the support of everyone over the years and with the generosity of the community, it wouldn’t be as great as it is today,” he said.

“Every year, the lunch is getting bigger and bigger and the need and demand has gotten greater.”

Pastor Marshall said they were still looking for volunteers to help on the day and anyone interested could call him on 9844 4550.

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