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We’re about three weeks away from our 2018 Holiday Celebration Service! Our theme this year is “Home for the Holidays.” We picked this theme because the holiday season makes us think of home. Home is more than a physical location. Home is a place where security, acceptance, and love exist. In stressful, turbulent and uncertain times we all long for home.

Psalms 90:1 (CEV) says,

“Our Lord, in all generations you have been our home.”

So the closer we are to God, the more at home we feel. On December 2, we are celebrating the holidays through a great family experience, special memories to take home, and an opportunity to give back.

Here are some of the highlights you can look forward to at this year’s Holiday Celebration.

1. An easy parking experience

Every year we have people from all over the greater Bay Area coming to our event for the first time. We know how important it is to have clear direction from the moment you enter the parking lot until you are in your seat. That’s why our parking team will greet you at the driveway entrance to show you where to park and direct you into the Santa Clara Convention Center.

2. Clear directions into the service

When you enter the convention center, ushers wearing green shirts and holding clipboards will greet you. They will have maps to give you to guide you to all of our festivities. You can also follow the directional signs and electronic interactive map kiosks through the foyer all the way to your seat. And look out for the Grinch, Frosty, Buddy the Elf and his girlfriend Jovi who will be wandering the facility to take pictures with the kids.

3. Carolers and a string quartet

Christmas music is an essential part of the holiday experience! This year, as you walk to the service, enjoy live performances by a group of carolers and a string quartet. Of course, this is in addition to the live performances during the service itself.

4. Complimentary refreshments

Hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and hot cider will be available in multiple places along your way to the main hall before the service begins. We want you to feel at home from the time you enter the building until you leave at the end.

5. Santa’s Playland

Bring the kids to meet Santa Claus, ride the Polar Express Train, and play on the bounce castles. Your kids will have a great time burning up energy while you enjoy some complimentary coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

6. Family portraits

Take advantage of our free family portraits with Santa Claus or in front of a Christmas-themed backdrop. It’s still early enough to make your Holiday Celebration family portrait your 2018 Christmas Card! Photographs will be sent to the email you provide.

7. Inspiration

Our Holiday Celebration Service will be full of inspiration including our featured presentation, “Home for the Holidays.” Highlights of and opportunities for doing good this holiday season and throughout the year will be sprinkled throughout the service.

8. Entertainment

Be transported into a holiday mood through a number of exceptional performances of both classic and modern Christmas favorites. This year, we’ll be adding some fresh new holiday a cappella numbers to our program!

9. Sensory-friendly needs?

We strive to be an inclusive church, sensitive to everyone’s needs. With that in mind, if you need a more a sensory-friendly experience, we will be live-streaming the service in Exhibit Hall B (adjacent to the main service) from 3-4:30 pm. Be sure to check out the Holiday Service parent guide for more information.

10. BACC Toy Drive

For the past nine years, one of the highlights of our Holiday Celebration Service has been our annual Toy Drive. This year, multiple agencies representing underserved children as well as children in the foster/adoption system will be on hand to receive toys, gift cards, and cash donations. Bring a new and unwrapped toy or a gift card to help make Christmas special for a child in need.

11. Doing Good Fund

During our Holiday Celebration service, we will take up a contribution for the BACC Doing Good Fund. The Doing Good Fund supports the following programs:

  • E-Sports – where we serve families of special needs and typical children in the community, free of charge or faith expectation.
  • Hope Technology School (HTS) is a nationally recognized leader in inclusive education.
  • Community projects -From helping out with Napa and Sonoma County fire relief and supporting local community emotional health awareness to providing backpacks and school supplies for foster children, we want to continue to support and develop doing good projects in our community.
  • Benevolence – providing emergency food, shelter and medical support for our members facing catastrophic life situations.

12. Safety first

We take your safety seriously. That is why an event like this deserves a secure and safe venue. Our security team will be on hand to check bags and wand each entrant to make sure we have a safe and enjoyable program. Please limit bags as they slow the entrance process or bring a clear, see-through bag. Come early and enjoy a cup of coffee on us. Families with special needs will enjoy our separate fast pass entry