A Cleveland church will be lit up by more than Christmas lights this festive season

LIGHT IS ON: Phil Robinson of the Redlands Museum, Alfred Zapf of the CUC Men’s Shed, Wendy Ruwoldt of the CUC Christmas light convenor and Derek Manuel of CUC Men’s Shed and the lighthouse.

LIGHT IS ON: Phil Robinson of the Redlands Museum, Alfred Zapf of the CUC Men’s Shed, Wendy Ruwoldt of the CUC Christmas light convenor and Derek Manuel of CUC Men’s Shed and the lighthouse.

THIS year, the Christmas light display at Cleveland Uniting Church, Passage Street, will have a surprise

– a working model of the Cleveland Point lighthouse.

The Redland Museum had asked the CUC Men’s Shed to restore their disintegrating replica lighthouse.

After several months’ work replacing most of the timber, installing Perspex windows and creating a solar lighting system, the lighthouse once again is standing proudly.

The theme for this year’s Christmas Light display is “shine out God’s love’’.

The lighthouse was a symbol for the message and the Redland Museum agreed to allow the lighthouse to

be featured in the church’s Christmas light display.

Wendy Ruwoldt, the Christmas Light convenor, said lights would be turned on and a dedication on Saturday, December 3 at 6.20pm.

“The lights will be on every night from then until Christmas Eve,’’ Ms Ruwoldt said.

“Visitors can enjoy not only the lights but also live entertainment, the Minecraft-themed Bethlehem Way, dressing up for photos in front of the nativity stable, children’s corner, and gifts from the Bethlehem stall.

“You can collect a star for your Christmas tree and enjoy free supper.’’

On Sunday, December 11, the community is invited to join carols on the lawn at the church.

A barbeque will be available from 5pm, with carols starting at 6pm.

It’s best to bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

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