Every year the team at Chestnut Ridge Church puts weeks of work in to prepare for Christmas services.
“We recognize that both Christmas and Easter are opportunities in our culture. We still honor those days. We will usually have two or three times as many people attend on those services. So they work very, very hard to do things with excellence and to have a program that really speaks to people’s hearts,” said Tim Haring, Pastor.
With so many more people in attendance, there are many hands on deck to help.
“We have a welcome team, and they work very hard to make sure that everything is ready for guests. We view that people coming through our doors are guests. And we want to have coffee and hot chocolate ready. We have an opportunity for people to take family photos in the lobby area,” said Haring.
“So we have a great team of volunteers, from multimedia in the booth, the tech side, to the musician side, that really comes together and puts together a really great program for the family to enjoy. It’s focused on God and what God did by sending his son to be born on this earth, and so we celebrate that together and we have fun doing it as well,” said Adam Etris, Weekend Programming Director.
This year, the team played an opening with trans siberian orchestra music, followed by traditional Christmas Carols and a message about responses to the birth of Christ when the Magi returned to Jerusalem.
“There were three different groups, and they all responded differently and those responses correspond to the responses that people have today in our culture,” said Haring.
“We try to brainstorm and come up with new ideas to really tell the same story. So, it can be challenging at times, but when it comes together, it ends up the final product is really something special,” said Etris.