CoolyRocksOn the week of the June long weekend - along with everything else will be resumed in 2021 with Covid 19 travel restrictions. This includes the CoolyRocksOn Church Service.
The CoolyRocksOn Church Service was initiated in the Coolangatta Anglican church adjacent to the main shopping complex. Then it was found to have asbestosis and closed. That was 2008.
On the way home from another mission trip, my wife and I in the Tweed Heads / Gold Coast taxi, where we are well known as ‘the chaplain’ – the taxi driver was a board member of CoolyRoksOn and asked whether I would resurrect the CoolyRocksOn Church Service.
Bob Newman the then CEO of CoolyRocksOn and I got together and with the organisation having a massive marque in Coolangatta Park – it was agreed to host the CoolyRocksOn Church Service. With the CV as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years, every stop was pulled to make this work.
They put the Church Service in the CoolyRocksOn booklet distributed far and wide, and on their Facebook page, and announced it with welcome arms.
In 2011 the CoolyRocksOn Church Service was re-initiated in the big marque, and prayed up for the special occasion, we were delighted, the big marque was filled.
The following years
The next few years the same thing happened – an amazing crowd – great singing, terrific music by the Son Chasers band, and it was growing in stature as an annual southern Gold Coast Christian event.
The Tweed Heads Chamber of Commerce made mention of this annual Christian Service and the great preaching (as a member of the Chamber this was not orchestrated). It was a delightful recognition.
Organisers then decided – as a cost saving mechanism – the do away with the big marque and the CoolyRocksOn church service was assigned adjacent to the Coolangatta Surf Club - that entire weekend was drenched and every outdoor CoolyRocksOn event was cancelled.
The leaders of the CoolyRocksOn Church Service met in a café opposite the venue – it poured and poured and poured.
The following two years, after the big wet – and under new management, there was no venue indoor or outdoor for the CoolyRocksOn Church Service so the Twin Towns Uniting Church opened their doors.
2020 Covid 19
After such a hectic number of years running CoolyRocksOn Church Service and at 68 going on 69, I handed it to a young minister – then Covid 19 struck and we all know what this meant.
So to 2021 ……
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand. Dr Mark Tronson’s Press Service International in 2019 was awarded the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award, The Gutenberg. In September 2020 Summer Moore presented her commission portrait of Dr Mark Tronson holding the Gutenberg plaque. The above photo is the upper part from this portrait.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at: http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html