Scene from prior Christmas Eve Service at Ashley Pond. Courtesy Freedom Church
FREEDOM CHURCH NEWS RELEASE
After a year off due to the pandemic, Freedom Church will again host an outdoor Christmas Eve Service Friday, Dec. 24 at Ashley Pond and the whole community is invited. Pre-service games, activities, and hot cocoa will begin at 4:30pm. The service will start at 4:45pm and be over by 5:30pm.
This will be the third time Freedom Church has held the event starting on Christmas Eve 2018. Each year it just gets better. “Ashley Pond at night is gorgeous with the Christmas lights, and occasionally snow like we had in 2019 … and when it’s Christmas Eve it becomes almost magical,” Pastor Mike Brake said. “It has been one of the coolest things I’ve done in Los Alamos.”
The service will be simple and last about 45 minutes. There will be free gifts, games and prizes for the kids and lots of hand warmers and hot chocolate.
“People who come are going to find hope,” Brake said. “Christmas is the loneliest time of year for some people. Come and feel welcomed, encouraged and inspired that God is working in you and through you at a time when people are searching for meaning.”
What makes Freedom Church special?
Freedom Church has a mission to “Help people take their next step in their relationship with Jesus … together.” They do everything they can to provide a low-pressure environment where people feel welcome.
“So many people don’t feel like they belong and they don’t feel like they have value,” Brake said. “We want to make people feel welcomed and valued. No matter what faith background they come from, the message is the same. That God loves them no matter what they’ve done and no matter what they are going through in their lives. They have hope and purpose. God wants to do big things in them and through them.”
Mike offers message series that address problems that people face in real life, like dealing with stress, going through the holidays while grieving the loss of a loved one, fighting fear, exploring doubt, and how God can do amazing things through unlikely people. You can see his sermons on their website. (https://freedomla.church/sermons/)
“We can help people in real life,” Brake said. “If we’re not talking about something that relates to real life, then why are we talking about it?”
It can be stressful for parents to bring kids to a new church, especially when you don’t know what to expect. Freedom Kids is the children’s ministry of Freedom Church for elementary age children and below. Students engage in an interactive and age-appropriate environment where the Bible is taught in a creative and relevant way.
Seth Evans is the much loved director of Freedom Kids and has an educational background in children’s ministry. Seth has been growing the kids ministry since his arrival in July of 2019.
Freedom Church is at 2182 33rd St. in the Aspen Elementary School Gymnasium. Service times are 11 a.m. to noon Sundays. For information, call 505.278.7556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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