Darryl, Carolyn and Hannah Schneider, Albert Knott and Sandra and Robert Morgan spent Christmas morning with Minister Stanley Tuilovoni (centre) at the North Rockhampton Uniting Church. The 8am Christmas Day service was well received with about 300 people in attendance.
Darryl, Carolyn and Hannah Schneider, Albert Knott and Sandra and Robert Morgan spent Christmas morning with Minister Stanley Tuilovoni (centre) at the North Rockhampton Uniting Church. The 8am Christmas Day service was well received with about 300 people in attendance. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

First Christmas is a special one

IT was a special day for minister Stanley Tuilovoni yesterday.

Not just because it was Christmas but it was his first Christmas church service since becoming a qualified minister.

And he liked nothing more than to celebrate it with the Rockhampton community at the North Rockhampton Uniting Church.

The Fijian-born minister said about 300 people attended yesterday’s 8am Christmas Day Service at the Berserker Street church.

Mr Tuilovoni was appointed to the North Rockhampton Uniting Church in February this year.

He said he loved Rockhampton so much that he would spend many more years here leading the church.

“It’s been good so far and I’m getting to know the people and the community,” he said.

“It’s helpful for us to become part of the community and be a big family.”

Darryl Schneider and his family were part of the large crowd gathered at the church yesterday.

He said Christmas for his family was all about being together and celebrating.

Mr Schneider, his wife, Carolyn, and daughter, Hannah, were joined by Carolyn’s sister, Sandra Morgan, and her husband, Robert, and grandfather, Albert Knott, yesterday.

Mr Schneider said they all started Christmas Day off with gift-giving and then headed to church.

He planned on spending the rest of the day visiting family and having a traditional lunch and dinner.

He said he was also keen to spend time in the air-conditioning and take a dip in the pool.

“Christmas for us is all about getting together and sharing quality time,” he said.

Mr Schneider and his family usually attend the Uniting Church once a week.



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