Festive spirit at inclusive Christmas lunch

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Grace and Glory Ministries pastor and event organiser Steve Marshall is looking forward to this year’s Christmas Lunch.
Camera IconGrace and Glory Ministries pastor and event organiser Steve Marshall is looking forward to this year’s Christmas Lunch. Credit: Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

An event designed to bring hope, compassion and celebration will bring the community together this Christmas.

The annual Free Christmas Community Luncheon will be a place to call home on Christmas Day for more than 300 people, from the homeless and those in need to travellers who can enjoy a festive meal in the company of others.

The lunch is hosted by Grace and Glory Ministries International Church pastor Steve Marshall, who said the event was growing every year. “Last year was such a resounding success that amazed all of us,” he said.

“Over the past several months we have been very busy organising and preparing for this year’s function; however, without the kindness, the support and the generosity of the community and business sectors we not have been able to provide such an amazing community spirit to the event on the day.”

The Albany lunch has become one of the largest in Regional Western Australia and last year’s event was the biggest Mr Marshall has ever hosted in more than 35 years.

“It is provided for those who were alone, lonely or do not have someone to share Christmas with,” he said.

“Our doors are open to absolutely anyone.”

Mr Marshall said the event would not be possible without the generosity and support of volunteers and local businesses.

The luncheon will be on Christmas Day at the PCYC, Sanford Road starting at noon.

To register or help volunteer on the day, phone Mr Marshall on 0412 850 105

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