LANYON - Christmas at the Lanyon Covenant Church will be a little different this year, a creative alternative to a regular Sunday school program.
The Rev. Marc Murchison said, "Kids and teens will still be involved, but in different ways. We wanted kids and families to have fun, so we're making it more of a Christmas concert, extravaganza and party all wrapped into one day."
On Dec. 13, the church will be host to one of the premier Christian Celtic bands in the world for a concert during an extended worship service starting at 10 a.m. The Crossing consists of:
Tony Krogh on guitar, lead vocals, Highland pipes, Scottish small pipes, high- and low-D whistles, bouzouki and bodhran.
Mark Hall on flute, whistles, harp, bones, bodhran and vocals.
Jennifer Ingerson on fiddle and vocals.
Hilde Bialach on cello, lead vocals, keys and bodhran.
Eric Clayton on guitar, bouzouki, bodhran, djembe and vocals.
The Crossing hails from Jesus People USA, a long-standing ministry in Chicago, and seeks to be true to following Christ and playing good Celtic music. Frontman Krogh, part of the group from the beginning, offers some perspective on the journey:
"From the traditional Irish or Scottish point of view, people can get into our music, but our message is a different bill of fare. It makes us unique, the social issues especially. On the Christian side of things, it seems that it is hard to get across a point without either standing on a real big soapbox or sanitizing the music into something that just isn't appealing to someone interested in a particular musical genre. The pub-and-club audiences love the music, but are surprised to hear someone singing about the life of Jesus."
In addition to the music, children and teens will add Christmas readings and scripture to the program. As a grand finale, they will have the opportunity to join The Crossing on stage for a concluding Christmas carol.
The day will conclude with a Christmas dinner potluck and party. There will be no charge for any of this, but as always, donations will be accepted.
Information is available at the church by calling 879-2414 or online at www.lanyoncovenant.org.