At Labour Weekend, the central precinct of Lower Hutt was awash with colour and light as Hutt City Council repeated their annual HighLight Festival, and St James Church was at the centre of it all.
The festival saw the central precinct, including the church, decorated for a nightly light show, and included fireworks from the city library roof, live music and performances.
Council worked with the church to light both the interior and exterior of the church, and over 80 parishioners served throughout the festival, preparing and serving food and drink in “The Way Cafe” – a pop up establishment in the church designed to acknowledge St James and the pilgrims. The parish was involved in other ways too: Graeme Ross faithfully rang the church bells at 7:55pm every evening during the festival, signifying the turning on of the lights; and the church organist gave performances as part of the series of live music hosted in the church.
Naenae Clubhouse, a Hutt Valley group that offer opportunities to young people to work alongside adult mentors, created a fantastic animation based on the story of Rata and the Tree. This was projected onto the back wall of the sanctuary, taking into account the placement of the cross.