STORYTELLER: Father Robert Chippendale, OP shop manager Sue Allen and artist Willie Nelson outside the Anglican church op shop with the new murals.
STORYTELLER: Father Robert Chippendale, OP shop manager Sue Allen and artist Willie Nelson outside the Anglican church op shop with the new murals. Jessica McGrath

Unveiling the church op shop mural to tell a story

NANANGO Anglican Church's family fun day was a big celebration on Saturday.

Volunteer Tania Fitzsimons said the day marked the completion of the mural around the church op shop, the success of the shop itself and a special visit from Bishop Cameron Venables from Toowoomba.

"We wanted to give back to the people using the op shop,” she said.

Artist Willie Nelson completed the church op shop mural, adding to the collection of murals he painted around Nanango, Ms Fitzsimons said.

Anglican priest Father Robert Chippendale said the mural told the story of the community, including the lollipop lady from the nearby Nanango school.

"It's our idea of serving the community,” he said.

The op shop is adorned by the Christmas nativity scene, alongside portraits of World War I and II Nanango soldiers who were baptised in the church, Fr. Chippendale said.

On the other side, a family member grieves over the fallen soldiers' graves underneath the crucifixion crosses and the Southern Cross. The op shop runs out of the original Nanango St Anne's church building, and has increased their opening hours over the past six months to six days a week.

Ms Fitzsimons said the op shop had doubled in stock, expanding the shop into the back shed, she said.

Volunteer Lyn Hood said the church op shop meant a lot to the community, especially the elderly.

"It's what the town relies on, we don't have any other clothes shops and not everyone can drive to Kingaroy,” she said.

The clothes and other items are all good quality and it all runs from generous donations and hours from the community.

Markets are run out of the church op shop grounds on Burnett St every fourth Saturday of the month.

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