Church groups who will display the community award won by Carols by the Sea (from left) Laurens Colijn, Surfside Christian Church; Darren and Leanne Elsley, the Salvation Army; Kevin Stickl, Youth With a Mission; Naomi Johnston, carols organiser; Phil Mason, New Earth Tribe Church; Sue and Neville Strachan, Australian Christians; and Hilary Singleton, Anglican Church.
Church groups who will display the community award won by Carols by the Sea (from left) Laurens Colijn, Surfside Christian Church; Darren and Leanne Elsley, the Salvation Army; Kevin Stickl, Youth With a Mission; Naomi Johnston, carols organiser; Phil Mason, New Earth Tribe Church; Sue and Neville Strachan, Australian Christians; and Hilary Singleton, Anglican Church.

Churches to display carols award

ONE of the songbirds who helped stage the award-winning Carols by the Sea shared her success with local pastors in Byron Bay yesterday.

Naomi Johnston, a volunteer with the group, and its musical director Sharny (who uses no other name) received the Byron Shire Community Event of the Year Award on behalf of the Byron Minister’s Fellowship at a ceremony on Australia Day.

Both women were ‘gobsmacked’ when Byron mayor Jan Barham read out the group’s name as the winner at the A&I Hall in Bangalow on January 26.

Ms Johnston attended the monthly Minister’s Fellowship meeting yesterday to present the award to those clergy responsible for Carols by the Sea, and to offer it as a ‘rotating’ display to go around their churches.

Carols by the Sea was nominated for the award by Byron United.

At the Australia Day ceremony, Cr Barham said the carols ‘provided an opportunity for the community to come together and sing, which is uplifting and edifying for the soul’.

It was also an inspirational role model for children who may aspire to sing or perform, she said.

The carols this year will be held on Friday, December 10.



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