NorthPark in­vites Santa and res­i­dents for cook­ies

The Signal - - Holiday Worship - By Matt Fer­nan­dez Sig­nal Staff Writer

Santa Claus and cook­ies are key parts of many hol­i­day tra­di­tions and NorthPark Com­mu­nity Church will pro­vide Santa Clarita fam­i­lies with a fun op­por­tu­nity to en­joy both.

NorthPark Church will hold its third an­nual Cook­ies with Santa event on Sun­day from 2 to 4 p.m. Fam­i­lies who attend will be able to eat cook­ies while mak­ing crafts and take a free dig­i­tal photo with Santa in front of the church’s two-story tree.

“We’ve had dif­fer­ent hol­i­day events be­fore but this is the the third time we’ve held the Cook­ies with Santa,” said Kristin Sullivan, director of the church’s chil­dren’s min­istry. “We felt that this kind of event would be more wel­com­ing to mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and not just our church. A free pic­ture with Santa is some­thing we can eas­ily do for the com­mu­nity, and that’s what it’s all about — giv­ing back.”

Sullivan said that, this year, the church has ex­panded the event to in­clude live mu­sic, more crafts and an op­tional un­wrapped toy do­na­tion to ben­e­fit Help the Chil­dren. She said that while the church did not want to pres­sure any­one into buy­ing a toy for the event, they felt it would be a good out­reach op­por­tu­nity for those able to to do­nate.

As the of­ten ma­ligned sym­bol of hol­i­day com­mer­cial­ism and ma­te­ri­al­ism, Santa is some­times con­sid­ered in­com­pat­i­ble with re­li­gious ob­ser­vance of the Christmas hol­i­day. In or­der to bal­ance this, Sullivan said the church will of­fer a gospel read­ing of the birth of Je­sus.

“I to­tally un­der­stand that sen­ti­ment, and I don’t want to take away from the re­li­gious el­e­ment of the sea­son, but this is mainly an event for the com­mu­nity,” she said. “We’re wel­com­ing every­one from Santa Clarita, whether they’re a per­son of faith or not. This is just sup­posed to be a fun fam­ily event that can help build up the com­mu­nity.”

The event will be held at 28310 Kelly John­son Park­way.

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