Fireside Sunday in Batlow

Douglas Rand leads the room in song. For more photos see the Tuesday, June 27, edition of the Tumut and Adelong Times.

Once a month, St John’s Anglican Church in Batlow trades their traditional Sunday evening church service in for something a little more special: Fireside Sundays, a simple affair of hot food, warmth, conversation, prayer, and song on these cold winter nights.

This weekend was their third time hosting the event, after it transforms from its summer incarnation, ‘Sunset Sundays,’ the same basic premise except that it takes place outdoors.

Parish Councillor Douglas Rand said that the church was experimenting with different ways of engaging with the towns. “We want to reach out more to the community,” he said.

“Since the end of last year we’ve been considering different ways to do that, and this is the outcome of those discussions. We’re encouraged by the response so far.”

Last Sunday’s event featured soup, hot bread and other hearty fare, cooked up by Col Agate, Jan and Doug Haley and Jeanie Werner. After dinner different members of the group lead the others in song, before the night wrapped up with a showing of a YouTube presentation by Louie Giglio called ‘How Great Is Our God.’

One person who agrees with that sentiment is Kevin Stokes, who comes along to these gatherings every month.

“I like the family atmosphere, because the family is such an important part of our society. We only get one chance to enjoy life to it’s fullest, so we may as well take it together,” he said.

“I’ve been coming to this church since 1976,” added Gordan Guihot.

“I like the personalities here, the people are all really friendly.”

The next Fireside Sunday will take place in July – contact St John’s Anglican Church on 6949 1336 to find out more.