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Churches offer unique Christmas events

Local churches spread the holiday spirit this year with different celebrations around the SCV

Posted: December 14, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 14, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Over the next few weeks churches in the valley will celebrate Christmas in different ways. For some that may include the angelic sounds of choirs, a retelling of the Christmas story. But for one church, a unique Christmas event will feature centurions, a recreation of Bethlehem marketplace and a fun trip back to ancient times.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is hosting “Night in Bethlehem,” a delightful event which is sure to be fun for the whole family. The event replicates a first century Bethlehem marketplace and includes Christmas additions.

The entire church will be decorated to depict a first century bazaar on Saturday, December 21, at 5:30 p.m. The event will take attendees back in time to first century Palestine. Participants will have the opportunity to witness the

Holy family in a recreation of the Christmas story. Dinner will be served “first century style,” accompanied by many favorite Christmas carols.

“We are hoping this will be something the whole parish and friends and neighbors will come to,” said Rev. Kelly O’Connell of St. Stephen’s. “It is a fun kind of fellowship evening focused on the Christmas story.”

Adapted from an idea on Pinterest, attendees are encouraged to come in costume, a simple robe or toga. Admission is free, but the church is asking attendees bring a can of food to “pay taxes to the Emperor.” Canned goods collected will be donated to local food pantries.

Join the parish for a night to remember and an event for the whole family. The family event will also host crafts for children, Roman centurions will guard the marketplace to ensure “taxes are paid” and fun is being had by all.

“It’s a time to get together in the midst of commercialization of Christmas and see the real purpose of Christmas, which is celebrating the birth of Christ,” O’Connell said.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 24901 Orchard Village Road, 661-259-7307.

Many other churches around the valley will also host Christmas events, some of those include song and drama sparked by Christmas cheer.

Bouquet Canyon Church is hosting “Miracle on Main Street,” a Christmas musical with performances by the children’s choirs. The musical message will be incorporated into the regular Sunday services.

The lighthearted event offers attendees a fun and memorable musical gathering to honor the meaning of Christmas. The musical will be performed Sunday, December 15, at the 9 and 11 a.m. services.

Bouquet Canyon Church, 2700 Bouquet Canyon Road, 661-296-2400

Introduce an eclectic mix of Christmas music into your holiday traditions with the Christmas Choir Extravaganza hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Newhall. The extravaganza features a wide range of Christmas music, “something for everyone.”

Pieces will be sung in English, Spanish, French, Latin and Cantalonian, accompanied by piano, trumpet and bugle.

The concert is free to the community on Sunday, December 15, at 4 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Newhall, 24317 N. Newhall Avenue, 661-259-0555.

In preparation for Christmas, the Valencia United Methodist Church presents “Love Lost and Found,” a heartfelt

Christmas story which focuses on the sacred loved between father and child.

The original drama, written by church member Casandra Loyer, will be accompanied by musical offerings of the Drama Ministry, which includes musical groups in the church of all ages and types.

The touching production is free to the public and will be performed Sunday, December 22, at 9 and 10:30 a.m.
Valencia United Methodist Church, 25718 McBean Pkwy, 661-255-1301..



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