Source: Valley Roadrunner

Sing along with loved ones at Christmas in the Park

by Michael Crane

December 12, 2013

In the scramble before the holidays it’s easy to get caught up in gift shopping and travel plans and lose sight of what this season is really about. However, at Christmas in the Park, hosted by Valley Center Community Church on Dec. 16, family, faith, and that festive spirit are the only things that matter.

“The inspiration behind this event is a time to one: worship God as a body of believers, but also a time to just be reminded of the truth of Christmas and the simple joy of getting family together and just singing,” said Pastor Tony Suitor, event organizer.

The free event, which will feature caroling, hot chocolate, and cookie decorating, will take place from 6-7 p.m. at the VCCC Church Park at the corner of Fruitvale and Cole Grade roads. The park will be decorated with lights and there will be live music in addition to the serenade of carolers.

Last year VCCC hosted a similar indoor event called Christmas Family Sing, but this is the first year that the event will be held at the park.

“We had an overwhelming response,” said Suitor of last year’s event. “We realized we were too big for our building here on Valley Center Road.” Everyone is welcome to attend Christmas in the Park, and there will be song sheets to help carolers with the lyrics.

A choir of about 50 children will also be performing some popular songs, including Joy to the World, Christmas with a Capital C, Angels We Have Heard on High, and Go Tell It on the Mountain. They have even practiced hand motions to accompany their singing.

Carolers can expect to sing some traditional Christmas hymns with a piano accompaniment, and possibly other instruments as well. Volunteers will be helping with the cookie decoration station and handing out hot cocoa to keep the carolers warm. Suitor’s goal is to create an inclusive, family atmosphere.

“It’s about getting people together to enjoy the Christmas season and enjoy each other’s company,” he said.

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