Spreading the good word through rock 'n' roll music
THE singing inside St Peter's Anglican Church during yesterday morning's rock n' roll service was almost as loud as Father Ken Spreadborough's shirt.
Hundreds packed the Coolangatta church for the annual Wintersun rock 'n' roll service from 9am.
It is not every day you can hear prayer accompanied by songs like Love Me Do and Shout. The audience got right into the service, singing loudly, clapping and cheering to the sounds of their favourite tunes, as musicians Lonnie Lee and Ron Kitchen belted them out.
The church's Fr Spread- borough officiated, wearing a hot pink and orange jumper under his priest's collar - a testament to the light-hearted nature of the event.
Southern Gold Coast councillor Chris Robbins and Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey were among the scores to attend the popular and lively service.
A number of people in the packed church said they had been to the service every year since it began.
Now in its sixth year, the unique event came about through an idea by parishioner Ron Pyle, who had recently moved to the area.
It has now become part of the official Wintersun festi- vities.
Yesterday's proceedings included a rock n' roll memorabilia auction, with all money raised going to welfare projects in the parish and the training of youth leaders.