I’ve noticed a ton of posts on facebook lately asking about Christmas Eve Church Service Recommendations so I thought I’d share a little bit about my church:
Penasquitos Lutheran Church.
Here’s a little more info:
The first two Christmas Eve church services are especially for kids and families!
They include a birthday cake for Baby Jesus
and a little play where we invite your child to join in to help reenact the Christmas story….
Every single child gets a role and mini-costume as they arrive to the church service –
no rehearsal, no sign ups, just show up….
… be part of the FUN!
Matt always LOVED this!
The last three services are more adult and traditional – with candle light, communion, etc depending which service you attend.
And maybe you’d like to get a feel for our church before you join us?
Well let me tell you MY STORY…….
I’ve been attending this church, Penasquitos Lutheran Church – (we all call it PLC) for 15+ years
We actually started attending because I heard how awesome their children’s program was and that was super important to me!
Here are just a few of the many photos I’ve captured of my son growing up and enjoying everything PLC has to offer.
We have three church services each Sunday: 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00.
The first two feature contemporary music with a band and the 11:00 is traditional with organ music. (You’ll find me enjoying the band!)
Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30.
For that service, the kids all meet in front of the sanctuary at 9:30 for a short children’s message and some singing….
And then their teachers’ take them to class….
And yes we have adult Sunday School too!
(But the room isn’t as colorful and you don’t get to sit on the floor….HA!)
And can we talk MUSIC please?
Our contemporary worship band – ROCKS. Literally, figuratively and all – atively 😉
This is Paul our Director Of Worship – he makes sure we all feel alive, awake and BLESSED!
And I say YES to drums!
Did I mention we are a come-as-you-are type of church…?
So you’ll see people in flip flops and shorts right alongside someone in a dress – we want you – not your wardrobe!
We also have a mix of worship ‘styles’ – some of us are clappers and some just want to sing and some just want to absorb – it’s all great!
We have three awesome pastors.
(And I did say we keep it casual, right? This will probably be how you see them dressed on Sunday morning!)
They help make God’s word relevant (and of course – keep learning fun and interesting!)
Here are some of my portraits from our church website – just to give you more of an idea what we are about!
And confession here:
I serve on the Board of Children’s Ministry for this amazing church – and here’s why —
I love how our Children’s program takes care of families and our children!
Remember, it was the reason I first visited???
Well, even now with a grown-up son I’m still in love with it!
Our church knows that parents need help and don’t have ALL THE ANSWERS—
so we have a plan to help you!
In addition to Sunday School, we have parent and child programs where we teach you how to raise up your wee ones in the way you promised at baptism.
– and don’t think we teach via a boring ole lecture….
we spend time together, and through games and stories, help equip YOU to guide your child in a super fun way-
we call it “Stepping Stones to Faith.”
Our “Stepping Stones to Faith” for kids and their parents are:
Let’s Pray! Workshop (1st graders)
My New Bible Workshop (3rd graders +)
Sacrament Workshop (5th graders)
“Head to the Heart” Workshop (Parents of 7th/8th graders)
The Rite of Confirmation (9th graders)
High School Graduation Breakfast (12th graders)
(Confirmation Class Portrait!)
We want our kids to grow up following Jesus example….it’s a lifelong goal that us grown ups are working on too!I
I know I am!!!
And I’ll just mention that in addition to regular Sunday morning fun, we have lots of groups you and your kids can join,
as well as Vacation Bible School each summer -with HUNDREDS of kids:
We also have an incredible performing arts program –and yes, your child is guaranteed a spot in a beautiful production!
(This was the year we produced The Wizard of Oz!)
I want to take a moment to invite you to visit our church on Sunday morning!
EMAIL ME and I’ll meet you out in front before the church service,
I will sit with you and introduce you around
*********I can guarantee you will be blessed!*********
And of course we’ll have coffee, donuts and meet new friends afterwards! YUM and YAY!
And how about a little behind the scenes???
And we couldn’t resist a little bit of fun…cuz that’s how we roll around here……
So come on down – We’re waiting for you!!!!
Please visit my website to see my photography portfolio, get more details or ask a question:
I’m waiting to hear from you –
to capture a slice of YOUR sweet life!
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