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Churches spread Christmas joy

Local churches prepare for the holiday with free concerts and a myriad of Christmas performances

Posted: December 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.

"Robby Robinson and friends" perform at last year's "Jam for Jesus" annual Christmas concert. This year marks the 22nd annual concert featuring more than 20 musicians with extensive experience in the entertainment industry, including musicians for shows like "Glee" and "American Idol."

Choirs will sing, orchestras will play and actors will perform for audiences across the valley. Tis’ the season when churches in Santa Clarita offer a myriad of Christmas performances.

Events will vary from the sacred, to sounds of symphony, pop, rock and even animated accompaniments; all in the name of spreading joy and sharing the Christmas story with the community.

Praise through song

Santa Clarita United Methodist offers their annual Christmas concert December 8, 6:30–8:30 p.m. The concert features choirs of all ages from preschoolers to adults along with the musical talents of their handbell choirs.

Religious and traditional Christmas musical selections will be performed in a family, friendly setting.

Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Cyn Rd., Santa Clarita.

Grace Baptist Church will host three candlelight Christmas concerts titled “Let There be Light” on Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14, 4 p.m. and Dec. 15, 4 p.m. The performances will include religious Christmas songs sung by the church choir, set to the musical magic of a 75 piece full symphony orchestra.

Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Dr., Santa Clarita.

St. Claire’s Catholic Church will feature a Christmas concert and pot luck on Dec. 15. The pot luck will begin at 3 p.m. and the concert will start at 5 p.m. The concert will feature Christmas songs sung by the parish choirs, with various solos and other surprises. The concert is free of charge, but attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share for the pot luck.

St. Claire’s Catholic Church, 27341 Camp Plenty Rd., Canyon Country.

Two productions at Prince of Peace Lutheran and Bethlehem SCV, formerly known as Bethlehem Lutheran Church, were planned and produced by Robby Robinson, musical director for Frankie Valli for more than 35 years.

The 22nd annual production at Bethlehem SCV titled “Jam for Jesus” featuring Robby Robinson and Friends features a full cast of music industry veterans, musicians who have worked on shows such as Glee and American Idol.

The free concert Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. is a night of musical styles from “Bach to Rock, Gospel to Jazz and Beyond,” said Robinson.

Bethlehem SCV, 27265 Luther Dr., Canyon Country.

The event at Prince of Peace features a smaller cast, but still offers performances by many entertainment industry professionals and veterans. The Christmas themed concert on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. marks the grand opening of the church’s new facility.

“The concert celebrates the birth of our Savior and the birth of the new facility,” said Robinson. “We just want to lift up the Lord in song.”

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 28159 Ave Stanford, Valencia.

The Christmas Story

Newhall Church of the Nazarene will feature a musical telling of the Christmas story with the theatrical production “Two from Galilee.”

The musical, held Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., is a musical tale of the love story between Mary and Joseph. Based on the book by Marjorie Holmes, the production focuses on the birth of Christ from a new perspective.

Newhall Church of the Nazarene, 23857 The Old Rd., Newhall.

Christ Lutheran Church is adding animated segments during two family Christmas Eve services on Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Animated versions of the church pastors, created by church member Herb Moore who assists with the children’s t.v. show Phineas and Ferb, will accompany a live production of the Christmas story titled

“Christmas at the North Star Inn.”

Christ Lutheran Church, 25816 N. Tournament Rd., Valencia.

This year nearly 3,000 people will attend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Valencia Stake annual

Christmas production featured Dec. 14, 7 p.m. and Dec. 15, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. The sweeping performance is a retelling of the Christmas story set to a musical narration.

Accompanied by a 37-piece orchestra, the production titled “This Holy Night,” features all new musical arrangements of many favorite Christmas songs.

“This is our gift to the community,” said technical director Glen Glancy. “It is going to be a wonderful evening of music and preparation for the spirit of the holiday.”

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 24443 McBean Pkwy, Valencia.



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