The Word of Life (WOL) Church held its Christmas festivities on Wednesday, Dec. 23 aligning them with the ‘Night before the night before’, treating the kids to a live performance of Olaf and Mrs. Santa Claus enacting ‘How Santa became so generous’.
According to pastor Shawn Acheson, one of the benefits that the Stettler WOL gets is the creativity of some awesome people at the other WOL churches around the world.
“The amazing lead campus in Red Deer sets into motion amazing themes and great seasonal programs based on this shared creativity,” said Acheson. “At the local level in Stettler, we have followed the lead of the Christmas experience model and with our own creative people assembled a program that fits our community and facility, and we are blessed to have so many creative people at the Stettler WOL campus.”
The Christmas festivities at WOL this year were focused on families, with a photo booth set up where families could get their pictures taken with Olaf, the snowman and other scenes and were given free prints to take home.
Throughout the evening, there were live performances of storytelling play at Santa’s workshop. where Olaf, the snowman and Mrs. Santa Claus spun a tale of ‘How Santa became so generous’.
Refreshments were being served as the children enjoyed hot chocolate or hot apple cider besides baked goods and cookies,
With 120 kids in total who watched the play throughout the evening, Acheson thought that the event was well received.
“It blended perfectly with Stettler’s Night Before the Night Before Event, so we were happy to meet so many people from our community,” said Acheson. “Next year we hope we can create more awareness and visibility for the event in the community, and also create a better set-up to accommodate the large attendance.”
Pastor Acheson’s new year’s message for the Stettler community was simple: “Everyone needs Jesus and everyone needs a home”.