Church convenor Ron Pyle is set to rock on at St Peter’s Anglican church when the festival rolls into town from this weekend. Photo: John Gass TWE010611church
Church convenor Ron Pyle is set to rock on at St Peter’s Anglican church when the festival rolls into town from this weekend. Photo: John Gass TWE010611church

Flock rocks at rock 'n' roll church

IT'S time to shout out to The Big Guy in the Sky when Cooly Rocks On next week.

No, we're not talking Elvis Presley, but he's certainly behind some of the tunes St Peter's Anglican Church will be bopping along to on June 12 to celebrate Cooly Rocks On.

“It's one of the biggest services of the year,” church convenor Ron Pyle told the Daily News yesterday.

“Last year we had people lining up at 8am for the 9am service – that's just unheard of when it comes to your Sunday church service.”

More than 300 people turned up for the rock 'n' roll service last year – that's 200 more than the number of attendees on a regular Sunday.

But Mr Pyle explained the church welcomes the masses and manages to accommodate patrons by rearranging the furniture.

The special homage to rock legends at St Peters is in its eighth year, and there'll be something for any classic rock enthusiast.

With a live set performed by Barry Brady and Dave Bridge, the song list is set to include The Beatles, The Blues Brothers and, of course, Mr Presley.

However the centrepiece of the service will be a song titled 16 Candles, where members will light 16 candles representing important things in the world worth a prayer or two.

“We bring rock and the church together with this song,” Mr Pyle said.

“Music is all the way through the history of our church so why not make something of the combination? When we sing Shout! everyone gets into that happy feeling.”

To attend the service head to the corner of Lanham and Dutton Sts and don't be surprised if it makes you want to shout.



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