City Im­pact presents The Christ­mas Spec­tac­u­lar

Central Leader - - LIFESTYLE & LEISURE -

City Im­pact Church is tak­ing Christ­mas to a whole new level this year with a brand new pro­duc­tion called

This free event is open to every­one on Fri­day De­cem­ber 9 and Sun­day De­cem­ber 11 at 7:30pm.

Fully scripted and chore­ographed in-house, the va­ri­ety show fea­tures a huge cast of adults, youth and chil­dren, and is burst­ing with en­ergy, colour and fun.

‘‘This is a show for every­one to en­joy,’’ the church’s se­nior pas­tor Peter Mort­lock says. ‘‘No mat­ter what gen­er­a­tion you be­long to, there will be some­thing in the show that res­onates with you and brings back nos­tal­gic Christ­mas mem­o­ries.’’

Set in Beth­le­hem at the time of Je­sus’ birth, the story fol­lows the ad­ven­tures of a young girl called Bella who dis­cov­ers that her grand­fa­ther has been right all along about the Mes­siah. With shep­herds, an­gels, and some mad-cap as­tronomers along for the ride, the story is com­ple­mented through­out by stun­ning vo­cal items, dance per­for­mances and short films.

With the change to a va­ri­ety show this year, the event will bring to­gether the tal­ents of the church’s me­dia, sound and light­ing teams as well as cos­tume and set de­sign­ers, mu­si­cians, and per­form­ing artists. The re­sult is a show with a twist and an ex­pe­ri­ence not to be missed.

‘‘At City Im­pact Church we love en­gag­ing with our whole com­mu­nity,’’ se­nior pas­tor Bev Mort­lock says. ‘‘And what bet­ter time to come to­gether than at Christ­mas, as we re­mem­ber God’s ultimate Christ­mas gift to us – the birth of Je­sus Christ.’’

The church cafe will be open, and there will also be food stalls of­fer­ing donuts, candy floss and chur­ros af­ter the show.

The Christ­mas Spec­tac­u­lar is be­ing held at City Im­pact Church North Shore, 794 East Coast Road, Al­bany.

City Im­pact Church is also pre­par­ing for its an­nual Car­ols by Can­dle­light ser­vices at 6.30pm Sun­day De­cem­ber 18 and 10pm Christ­mas Eve, as well as a Christ­mas Fam­ily Cel­e­bra­tion at 9am on Christ­mas Day. Th­ese one hour ser­vices will be held at both the North Shore and Mt Welling­ton cam­puses.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.city­im­pactchurch.com, or phone the of­fice on 09 477 0300.

The Christ­mas Spec­tac­u­lar takes place on Fri­day De­cem­ber 9 and Sun­day De­cem­ber 11 at 7.30pm.

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