Sign In | Create an Account | Welcome, . My Account | Logout | Subscribe | Submit News | Facebook | Twitter | All Access E-Edition | Home RSS
No Flash
Christmas Parades
 
 
 

North Pole comes to North Parkersburg Baptist Church

December 6, 2010
By JEFFREY SAULTON jsaulton@newsandsentinel.com

PARKERSBURG - About 1,500 people came out Saturday for the children's North Pole festivities at North Parkersburg Baptist Church.

Pastor Ryan Brooks, pastor of family life, said this was the seventh year for the event.

"This is an outreach to the children and the community," he said. "This is our way to give something to the community and say Merry Christmas with the real reason for the season.

Article Photos

Photos by Jeffrey Saulton
Jenna Harding decorates a paper snowman as Chad Harding watches Saturday at the North Pole festivities at North Parkersburg Baptist Church.

"We have something for everybody," he said. "We have songs, games, many activities, food, a puppet show and cartoon characters throughout."

Activities ranged from making cardboard snowmen with buttons, Christmas cards for service personnel overseas and coloring Grinch masks. Santa Claus also made an appearance to hear Christmas wish lists.

Brooks said the highlight for the event was the presentation of a Christmas play for young and old alike.

Fact Box

Christmas Fun

  • About 1,500 people came out Saturday for the chidren's North Pole festivities at North Parkersburg Baptist Church.
  • Activities ranged from making cardboard snowmen with buttons, Christmas cards for service personnel overseas and coloring Grinch masks.

"We will present the 'Miracle in the City,'" he said. "It is set in 1940s New York City where two orphans break in to the attic of the Mabel's Department Store. They are discovered by the store owners and are adopted into their family."

Brooks said the play came from the Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va., and noted the store in the play was named for the wife of the church's longtime pastor, the Rev. Jerry Falwell.

For the third year, Amanda Thomas, of Parkersburg, attended the event with her children.

"We've made it here for three years," she said. "I think this is a nice thing for the church to do. There are not a lot of things for children to do here at this time of year."

Mike Cundiff, also of Parkersburg, said his children enjoyed their time there.

"My 7-year-old really likes it," he said. "It's a good time for them and it's also a good way for them to get out of the house on a cold winter day."