On a very brisk (in fact freezing cold) winters day ‘Family Food Fight’ a cooking reality TV show with Channel 9 decided to film an episode outdoors in St Paul’s Park. There was for quite a few people in the community a sense of excitement as the day approached and very careful preparations were made to ensure that despite the weather, it would be a success.
There were four different families competing in a Cooking Challenge in this show hosted by Matt Moran and for this episode they added locally sourced ingredients to their menus. About 100 people from the community joined them for lunch, including a few from the parish; Ruth Murphy, Allison Howarth and Norma Proctor. Fr Ian couldn’t make it due to other commitments but ensured that guests were kept warm by using the church for shelter, whilst the luncheon was delayed; being hampered (not a pun) by weather issues.
Apart from being in the park and the TV crew and public being hosted with all the hospitality we could muster, the church didn’t get much of a look in, but that is a continuing challenge for us as the Church. Maybe our park and grounds though will continue to provide further opportunities for community engagement as it did on this occasion and as it does for the monthly Farmers Market, now also annually for the Kyneton Music Festival and most recently for a Plants Plus Sale, which featured plants, pottery, cakes ‘n’ bakes and also St Paul’s Poo!