The Community Easter Celebration is a free event held in the church’s multipurpose room and features games, preschool inflatables, and a special appearance from the Easter Bunny. Pictures with the Easter Bunny are provided at no charge and people are welcome to bring their cameras and take photos. Also, an Easter egg hunt takes place outside, rain or shine! Each age group has their own area to hunt for eggs. There are plenty for everyone! Children receive a free goody bag for prizes but are encouraged to bring an Easter basket to gather and hold all their eggs. The Easter Celebration is held on the Saturday before Palm Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until noon.
Vacation Bible School is held the last week of June and is for children three years old (potty trained) through fifth grade. During this five-evening event, children learn Bible lessons, play games, eat snacks, enjoy music, watch puppets, do arts and crafts and fellowship with other young children. There is no charge for VBS.
The Village Harvest Festival takes place on the second Saturday in October and includes games, food, a bonfire, hay ride, pumpkin patch, and smoke house. Goody bags are provided and it is a fun time for the whole family. Roast your own hot dogs and marshmallows and munch on a bag of pop corn. We also feature a Trunk or Treat at the end of the festivities. Trunk or Treat is a version of Trick or Treat where children travel from car to car in our lower level parking lot outside the multipurpose room. If the weather is bad, most activities are moved into our multipurpose room. This event is free to the community.
Breakfast with Santa is held the first Saturday of December from 9–11 a.m. and gives families a place to affirm their Christian teachings while celebrating Christmas in a fun, festive atmosphere. The goal of Breakfast with Santa is to touch hearts with a generous, abundant message of God's love. The morning includes the secular Christmas of Santa with the real reason for the season—the story of Christ's birth.
Last year approximately 1,000 people attended during the course of the free two-hour event. Families first glimpse the Christmas story as they enter the church and are greeted by animals and costumed shepherds in our nativity scene outside the front doors.
Each family receives a visit and professional photograph with Santa taken by Todd Yarrington Photography in the multipurpose room, North Pole stage. Children sit next to Santa on his loveseat sofa in his cozy living room set complete with a roaring fireplace and a 16-foot Christmas tree. Santa gives each child a gift and his elves roam the building handing out treats and candy. Children receive empty treat bags that are quickly filled with toys and goodies as they visit stations and play Reindeer Games throughout the church. There is a Christmas Gift Game, Santa's Wreath Toss, the Penguin Shuffle, the Peppermint Post, a Make Your Own ornament craft, a Letter to Santa station, and the always popular Reindeer Obstacle Training Course. Also available, the Bethlehem Dress Up is a child-size, nativity scene photo opportunity where children dress as characters in the Christmas story.
The SUMC sanctuary is filled with song as folks listen to Christmas carols and enjoy a Christmas show by guest performers from the Central College Presbyterian Church Youth Puppet ministry. The parlor features an impressive model train display.
Added to all the fun and excitement, guests are treated to a delicious homemade breakfast featuring scrambled eggs, sausage links, cinnamon biscuits, trays laden with cookies and cakes and Christmas goodies all washed down with milk, juice and hot Tim Hortons coffee. The smell of cinnamon biscuits coming out of the oven lets you know Mrs. Claus is in the kitchen making sure no one ever leaves hungry!
The decorations are designed to delight the little ones, and the church is full of merry surprises.