Rising suns: Nathan Ablett and Zac Smith share ball-skills with Miguel, 10, and Rafael, seven.
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Suns visit new Tweed church

TWEED Heads has been “elevated” by a fresh, new church’s expansion.

Elevation Church’s Tweed campus held its open day on Saturday – complete with a visit from two Gold Coast Suns AFL players – and its first service yesterday.

Elevation was founded four years ago in Varsity Lakes, after a name change from East Coast Church.

Assistant Pastor Olivia Wall said the open day was “awesome”.

“We had probably 1000 people from the local community, including volunteers,” Ms Wall said.

“We had fun, made connections, and had our first service, which was received very positively.”

She said Elevation Church gained the attendance of Suns players Nathan Ablett and Zac Smith through one of their connections.

“One of them has been a member of our church for a while and the other has been involved in some of our activities and promotions.”

Ms Wall said the church’s community program helped those struggling financially with free or low cost food.

“We get a lot of families come through on a regular basis,” she said.

“Elevation Care is open Mondays and we’re looking to expand within the Tweed with a warehouse within the next 12 months.”

She said Elevation catered to the every day person.

“In the Tweed area we’ll be bringing a different approach to the same services. Maybe we’ll get into the surfing culture – we couldn’t at Varsity because it’s more suburban.”



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