The Carols in the Paddock band with event initiator Sharvelle Mackay in the red polka dot dress

Preparing for Christmas carols

by Ann van Engelen

The members of Hope Church Rolleston are busy getting ready for this year’s presentation of Carols in the Paddock.

“We didn’t have a carols event in Rolleston so last year we created an evening for people to celebrate Christmas and it was a lot of fun,” says Pastoral assistant Tana Reynolds.

“We get so much support from the community — this is our chance to show how much we appreciate them. At present we are practising music, getting sponsors and volunteers. We hold it on the land where we are going to build our church.

“We wanted a local flavour and Singing Stars, Selwyn will be presenting musical items. Jacqui Soper teaches children from local schools and they are fabulous. Older people say they have waited 20 years for something like this, and being Christmas it is in line with our message of Jesus.”

There will be food stalls, the bouncy castle and more for families to enjoy.

“The church also runs ‘Time4Mums’ on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 10am, and our Cafe Connection is for the older generation at 10am on the first Tuesday of each month at the Rolleston Community Centre. We have a youth group every Friday night to cater for the younger people.

“We are very excited to be sharing our free Carols in the Paddock event and welcome people to bring a picnic with gates opening at 5.30pm. We are limited to 1,000 people at 569 Springston Rolleston Road right next door to Rolleston Christian School on Saturday, December 14.”

For more details go to or Hope Presbyterian Rolleston Facebook page.