The Uniting Church Outreach Team plays a leading role in organising the carols event.
The children’s pageant is the highlight of the evening and draws a large crowd of community members.
Members of the congregation visit the school at lunch time over several weeks in November to practise with the children for the event. The play is always chosen to tell the story of the coming of Jesus in a meaningful and entertaining way. Past plays have seen Australian bush nativity scenes, Mary riding to Bethlehem on a two-person donkey, shepherds and angels who’ve gone on strike and superheroes who fear that baby Jesus has been sent to steal their jobs.
Musicians from across the Surf Coast congregations, but mostly from Bellbrae, make up a small band for the evening and provide the backing for some lusty singing of traditional and contemporary carols.
Members of the clergy from the Uniting, Catholic and Anglican Churches provide the scripture readings.
Presents are brought forward to decorate an empty Christmas tree and these, along with cash donations, are donated to the charitable arms of the three churches, in turn.