The joy on the kids faces was contagious and they were so excited to do this! What a perfect way for them to share our church with this community!

On December 2, our Children’s Ministry and Seaside School entered a float in the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Christmas Parade. Our children connected well with the crowd and folks were very enthusiastic to see our church represented this year. We had 1000 Community Christmas Walk invitation cards to hand out and they were gone half-way through the route. Our Director of Adult Discipleship, Brenda Stahl, who was walking with the float, was so engaged in conversation with some of the bystanders that she got left behind as the float drove on!

“The best thing about the parade was that God allowed us to see we are planting seeds for Him and building relationships with the community around us. I loved seeing the smiles on the spectators faces as they saw our float drive by!” said Heidi Beauchaine, Director of Seaside School.

Crystal Colohan, Director of Children’s Ministry remarked, “In all of the commotion, I caught myself feeling the true spirit of the Christmas season, because of the pure joy I was witnessing between our church family and our home town community! Our waves, smiles, and positive energy connected with our community in a way that was genuine and universal. We proudly shared the love for our church, the love for Christ being the True Gift of Christmas (the theme of our float), and the open arms we have for our community. It was a genuine and joyful experience that we can’t wait to share again with more people next year!”

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About Heather McEntee

Director of Communications at Virginia Beach United Methodist. Background in small business and non-profit operations, marketing, and sales for the past 13 years.