Churches kick off Christmas season with unique, spectacular messages

By Martha Garcia

Last update: Saturday, December 17th, 2016

Flying superheroes, dazzling special effects and a live orchestra kick off the Christmas season at Higher Vision Church this weekend.

Higher Vision will host their annual Christmas production this weekend each night through Sunday. The performances feature a brand new script, “Marvelous.” The hero inspired tale gives a lively, fun telling of the Christmas story.

“We are excited about our brand new show,” said Jared Ming, Senior Pastor of Higher Vision. “It involves iconic figures the whole family will recognize, tons of superheroes, Disney characters, and epic movie characters–the best of everything.”

The live Broadway style show kicked off last night and will run through the weekend, each night at 7 p.m. While ticketing has closed, seats are available to the general public at the venue each night.

More than 200 church members collaborate to create this one-of-a-kind super hero spectacular. The drama and music were written by the team at Higher Vision to combine the Christmas story with many family favorites.

Higher Vision will offer four nights of high-drama, action packed Christmas excitement, welcoming nearly 5,000 people throughout the weekend.

Courtesy photo The church has brought their Broadway styled show back this year with a new script and music.
Courtesy photo
The church has brought their Broadway styled show back this year with a new script and music.

“This is something exciting the family can do together,” said Ming. “We want to share the message of what Christmas is really about, but do it in a creative and fun way so people will walk away with joy and excitement.”

Higher Vision will also offer four traditional Christmas services on Christmas Eve, at 12, 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m. They will also welcome viewers to a live online only broadcast Christmas morning at 11 a.m. The broadcast will feature a special “family around the Christmas tree” message with Ming and his family and will be rebroadcast at 4 p.m.

Higher Vision is located at 28776 The Old Road, Valencia. Visit HigherVisionChurch.com for more information.

Family Christmas

North Park Community Church will host Cookies with Santa this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is geared for families with elementary aged children. It offers a free professional picture with Santa Clause, cookies, crafts, and Christmas story readings.

Christmas Eve services will be held at 3, 5, 7, and 11 p.m. Christmas Day service, hosted at 10 a.m., is a family friendly traditional service with Christmas carols and a reading of the Christmas story.

NorthPark is located at 28310 Kelly Johnson Pkwy, Valencia.

The Church on the Way hosts a Family Christmas Sing-a-long Wednesday Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. The event will be filled with traditional Christmas songs and hymns to put you in the holiday spirit. Childcare is available for children through Kindergarten.

On Christmas Eve the church hosts a 5 p.m. candle lighting service as well as a candle lighting service on Christmas morning at 10 a.m.

The Church on the Way is located at 23415 Cinema Dr, Valencia.

Christmas traditions

Valencia United Methodist Church hosts Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. The holiday celebrations begin Christmas Eve at 5 p.m. with their family service, including a child oriented Christmas message, a telling of the Christmas story and performances by the Children’s choir. Traditional candlelight services are held at 7:30, 9, and 11 p.m. Christmas morning service is hosted at 11 a.m. Christmas Day.

Valencia United Methodist Church is located at 25718 McBean Pkwy, Valencia.

Christ Lutheran Church will host family style services on Christmas Eve at 4 and 5 p.m., as well as candlelight services at 8 and 11 p.m. A traditional service is offered Christmas Day at 9:30 a.m.

Christ Lutheran is located at 25816 N. Tournament Rd, Valencia.

Something for everyone

Courtesy photo The new show, “Marvelous,” feature iconic super heroes and family favorite movie characters to perform a action packed telling of the Christmas story.
Courtesy photo
The new show, “Marvelous,” feature iconic super heroes and family favorite movie characters to perform a action packed telling of the Christmas story.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church begins their holiday celebrations tomorrow at 5 p.m. with a Christmas Pageant and sing-a-long. The Pageant is a classic telling of the christmas story with actors, songs and a narrator. The church will host a dinner directly following the pageant, offering a main dish and asking attendees to bring a side dish or dessert to share. A fun Christmas themed sing-a-long will follow the dinner. The sing-a-long will feature the many holiday favorites and traditional church songs.

The Blue Service, held Monday Dec. 19 at 7 p.m., offers a contemplative service for those struggling during the Christmas season. The service is a subdued version of traditional Christmas celebrations.

“It is a service of hope and remembrance for those who are hurting,” explained Kelly O’Connell, Reverend of St. Stephen’s. “It is geared to people who have experienced loss during the holidays, or struggle with the happy and cheer of the season. We hope they walk away with a sense of support and solace.”

The service is also a favorite among military families who may experience separation from their loved ones during the Christmas season. It gives families a way to celebrate Christmas without the over-the-top fanfare and exuberance most events and services offer.

“We want them to walk away with a sense of the Christmas spirit, but also recognition they are not alone in the season and they have an opportunity to not have to put up a front around the holiday.”

The church will also host a children’s service geared toward families with young children Christmas Eve at 3 p.m., a family oriented service with performances by the children’s and bell choirs at 5 p.m., and a traditional candlelight service which features the upbeat praise of traditional hymns ending with a candlelight singing of “Silent Night” at 10 p.m. A traditional Christmas Service is offered on Christmas Day at 9 a.m.

St. Stephen’s is located at 24901 Orchard Village Rd, in Newhall.

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Churches kick off Christmas season with unique, spectacular messages

Courtesy photo Higher Vision performs a live action Christmas show in 2014 full of fun family friendly characters.

Flying superheroes, dazzling special effects and a live orchestra kick off the Christmas season at Higher Vision Church this weekend.

Higher Vision will host their annual Christmas production this weekend each night through Sunday. The performances feature a brand new script, “Marvelous.” The hero inspired tale gives a lively, fun telling of the Christmas story.

“We are excited about our brand new show,” said Jared Ming, Senior Pastor of Higher Vision. “It involves iconic figures the whole family will recognize, tons of superheroes, Disney characters, and epic movie characters–the best of everything.”

The live Broadway style show kicked off last night and will run through the weekend, each night at 7 p.m. While ticketing has closed, seats are available to the general public at the venue each night.

More than 200 church members collaborate to create this one-of-a-kind super hero spectacular. The drama and music were written by the team at Higher Vision to combine the Christmas story with many family favorites.

Higher Vision will offer four nights of high-drama, action packed Christmas excitement, welcoming nearly 5,000 people throughout the weekend.

Courtesy photo The church has brought their Broadway styled show back this year with a new script and music.
Courtesy photo
The church has brought their Broadway styled show back this year with a new script and music.

“This is something exciting the family can do together,” said Ming. “We want to share the message of what Christmas is really about, but do it in a creative and fun way so people will walk away with joy and excitement.”

Higher Vision will also offer four traditional Christmas services on Christmas Eve, at 12, 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m. They will also welcome viewers to a live online only broadcast Christmas morning at 11 a.m. The broadcast will feature a special “family around the Christmas tree” message with Ming and his family and will be rebroadcast at 4 p.m.

Higher Vision is located at 28776 The Old Road, Valencia. Visit HigherVisionChurch.com for more information.

Family Christmas

North Park Community Church will host Cookies with Santa this Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is geared for families with elementary aged children. It offers a free professional picture with Santa Clause, cookies, crafts, and Christmas story readings.

Christmas Eve services will be held at 3, 5, 7, and 11 p.m. Christmas Day service, hosted at 10 a.m., is a family friendly traditional service with Christmas carols and a reading of the Christmas story.

NorthPark is located at 28310 Kelly Johnson Pkwy, Valencia.

The Church on the Way hosts a Family Christmas Sing-a-long Wednesday Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. The event will be filled with traditional Christmas songs and hymns to put you in the holiday spirit. Childcare is available for children through Kindergarten.

On Christmas Eve the church hosts a 5 p.m. candle lighting service as well as a candle lighting service on Christmas morning at 10 a.m.

The Church on the Way is located at 23415 Cinema Dr, Valencia.

Christmas traditions

Valencia United Methodist Church hosts Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. The holiday celebrations begin Christmas Eve at 5 p.m. with their family service, including a child oriented Christmas message, a telling of the Christmas story and performances by the Children’s choir. Traditional candlelight services are held at 7:30, 9, and 11 p.m. Christmas morning service is hosted at 11 a.m. Christmas Day.

Valencia United Methodist Church is located at 25718 McBean Pkwy, Valencia.

Christ Lutheran Church will host family style services on Christmas Eve at 4 and 5 p.m., as well as candlelight services at 8 and 11 p.m. A traditional service is offered Christmas Day at 9:30 a.m.

Christ Lutheran is located at 25816 N. Tournament Rd, Valencia.

Something for everyone

Courtesy photo The new show, “Marvelous,” feature iconic super heroes and family favorite movie characters to perform a action packed telling of the Christmas story.
Courtesy photo
The new show, “Marvelous,” feature iconic super heroes and family favorite movie characters to perform a action packed telling of the Christmas story.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church begins their holiday celebrations tomorrow at 5 p.m. with a Christmas Pageant and sing-a-long. The Pageant is a classic telling of the christmas story with actors, songs and a narrator. The church will host a dinner directly following the pageant, offering a main dish and asking attendees to bring a side dish or dessert to share. A fun Christmas themed sing-a-long will follow the dinner. The sing-a-long will feature the many holiday favorites and traditional church songs.

The Blue Service, held Monday Dec. 19 at 7 p.m., offers a contemplative service for those struggling during the Christmas season. The service is a subdued version of traditional Christmas celebrations.

“It is a service of hope and remembrance for those who are hurting,” explained Kelly O’Connell, Reverend of St. Stephen’s. “It is geared to people who have experienced loss during the holidays, or struggle with the happy and cheer of the season. We hope they walk away with a sense of support and solace.”

The service is also a favorite among military families who may experience separation from their loved ones during the Christmas season. It gives families a way to celebrate Christmas without the over-the-top fanfare and exuberance most events and services offer.

“We want them to walk away with a sense of the Christmas spirit, but also recognition they are not alone in the season and they have an opportunity to not have to put up a front around the holiday.”

The church will also host a children’s service geared toward families with young children Christmas Eve at 3 p.m., a family oriented service with performances by the children’s and bell choirs at 5 p.m., and a traditional candlelight service which features the upbeat praise of traditional hymns ending with a candlelight singing of “Silent Night” at 10 p.m. A traditional Christmas Service is offered on Christmas Day at 9 a.m.

St. Stephen’s is located at 24901 Orchard Village Rd, in Newhall.

Martha Garcia

Martha Garcia