Gethsemane Hosts & Presents the spectacular Clyde Carols by Candlelight. Our event was patronized by over 5 thousand residents in 2019. Each year we hand out free giveaways including UNLIMITED free rides for children.
The Gethsemane Carols is an event not to be missed, particularly for anyone who has children or grandchildren and who’d like free unlimited rides, amusements and gifts. Presented by Gethsemane Church and proudly supported by the City of Casey, this fun-filled family night attracted a whopping 5 thousand people in its 3rd year. It engages the community in social cohesion and festive cheer and has included Free Kid’s Amusements: Wipeout, Army Combat, Jumping Castles, Carousel, Chair O Plane and Mini Ferris Wheel among others. Plus, Free Entry, Free Entertainment, Free Giveaways and Free Registration into the Christmas Miracle.
There’s so much fun to be had by joining in the singing, watching the local performances and enjoying the Carnival Atmosphere which includes Sausage Sizzle, Coffee Van, Ice-Cream, Popcorn, Slushies, Cakes, Glow-Sticks, Games, Pony Rides, Hot Dogs, Sri Lankan, Dutch, Thai, Indian, Italian and other exotic cuisines; Food Vendors, Street Traders, Water Hydration Station and Much More. Santa makes his appearance on a Fire Truck and Lolli bags are handed out to every child.
The 2019 Clyde Carols by Candlelight was another enormous success. In only its 3rd year the Event attracted around 5 thousand people. Senior Pastor and Planter of Gethsemane Church as well as Founder and Creator of Gethsemane Charity, Kerrigan La-Brooy, along with Team Gethsemane, worked round the clock to ensure everyone had a good time and more importantly to spread the love of Jesus, which is whom Christmas is all about.
There were 14 FREE Raffle Prizes drawn as Giveaways and the 1st Prize in the main Raffle was around $3,000 with the 2nd one coming in at over $1,000. All the children enjoyed Unlimited Free Rides for the duration of the event which ran from 5.30-9.30 pm. The arrival of Santa on a Fire Truck was definitely a highlight along with Ps Kerrigan’s brief Message about the true meaning of Christmas before he sang “When A Child Is Born” backed by the Gethsemane Singers.
The Carols may be over, but the Charitable works of Gethsemane Church & Charity continue. In two weeks, they’ll be presenting their Christmas Miracle where they’re expecting to give over 1 thousand children a brand-new Christmas Gift. To many of these children, it will be the only gift they receive for Christmas. This is a personal contribution to the community from Ps Kerrigan and his family – to repay in some small way all the Blessings the Lord has bestowed on him, his wife Michelle and their 6 priceless treasure children, Kerrigan Jr, Heathcliff, Tempest, Xondra, Tennessee and Jerusalem, aged 6,7,8,9,10 & 11.
This is on top of Gethsemane’s 30 thousand budget for the carols. They’re nowhere near meeting their expenses but it doesn’t stop them blessing the community. They’re hopeful that some good Samaritan (or more than one) will find it in their hearts to support their cause. Staunch Christians they were not surprised, nevertheless stoked, to witness ominous clouds in the background during the Carols Event but the Hand of God moved them right past and though it rained beyond them, not a drop fell on the oval.
Hundreds of positive comments keep rolling in. Some read:
Thank you Pastor and wife Michelle and to all of the Gethsemane crew for such a fun day yesterday my kids had so much fun and excited that we won #5 the Lego game God bless you all we cannot wait to join the fun next year.
Clyde North Carols by Gethsemane Church!! Always such an awesome fun night!!
Wonderful night at the Clyde north carols! Thank you Kerrigan La-Brooy for putting on a beautiful event!
The Gethsemane Church- 2019 Clyde Carols by Candlelight – fantastic! What a gift to the community.
Thank you so much for having me perform in your amazing carols tonight I had so much fun. Congratulations on a wonderful night.
Ps Kerrigan would like to thank the following folk who partnered with them for the 2019 Clyde Carols by Candlelight, making it the 3rd and most successful night in 3 years. In his own words:
First and foremost, my precious family; my darling wife and my 6 priceless treasure children. Gethsemane Church and Charity for their commitment and dedication and those who went beyond the call of duty. Our premium sponsor Barry Bourke Berwick and all our other sponsors and donors including Grill’d and Zagames and the Clyde Fire Brigade (more details on the Event Program). The City of Casey. The Hon Mr Anthony Byrne, MCs for the night, Cr Damien Rosario and Cr Wayne Smith. Mayor Susan Surey and Cr Rex Flannerly. Cr Amanda Jane Stapledon. All the talented performers, Derrick Junkeer, Elizabeth Skaliaris, Naomi Horsley, Ebony Portelli, Olivia Giannikopoulos, Shannon Arfaras, Melissa Junkeer and the Gethsemane Church Worship Singers, Steph Panza, Gene De Hoon, Suzannah De Hoon, Carin Premkumar & Priya Premkumar. The Press, Radio, Television and Social Media, in particular Brendan Rees from the Star News. Thanks to all our Vendors and to all of YOU, our Community members who came along to celebrate with us and all our faithful and loyal Volunteers who gave of yourselves so sacrificially. And last but certainly most importantly, thank you Jesus Christ our Lord & Saviour who is the Reason for the Season and whom Christmas is all about – thank you for your favour and blessings. Lots of love to all of you from me and mine to you and yours; may you have a Merry Christmas and a Safe, Happy and Healthy New Year. Looking forward to seeing you at the 2020 Clyde Carols by Candlelight and even sooner at the Christmas Miracle in 2 weeks where all your children who registered at the carols will receive a brand-new Christmas Gift because spreading God’s love is what it’s all about.
For Christmas we present a Christmas Miracle, handing out Toys to Children in need and hopefully Adults too. Last year over 500 children received a special Christmas Gift.
Carolling (House to House, Hospitals & Retirement Villages)
Gethsemane visits Retirement Villages and Homes, going House-to-House singing Christmas Carols and spreading the Festive Cheers.
Pastor Kerrigan La-Brooy is the Senior Pastor, Church Planter, Founder and Creator of Gethsemane Church & Charity.