I’VE BEEN A MEMBER OF Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA FOR OVER 25 YEARS. WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT REACHING THE LOST AND ENCOURAGING THE BELIEVERS IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE HAVE MANY Events THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL. I HOPE YOU FIND THE FOLLOWING TO BE A BLESSING.
Making Jesus Big
For the past few years, our church has had the opportunity to participate in the annual Leesburg Christmas parade. The purpose is to make the name of Jesus big during the Christmas season.
“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” (John 12:32, ESV) Bible Gateway
Our float and parade participants march 2 miles, from Ida Lee Park to Catoctin Circle in Old Town Leesburg. Many parents and church members (myself included) join the crowd to support our children and to share the Gospel.
The message for this year’s float was, “Born To Die So You May Live.”
The morning of the parade, we were greeted with small snow flakes that fell gently from a clear white sky. It was like being in a snow globe! Beautiful start to the day. The weather did however worsen, as snow turned to freezing rain. This did not deter our dedicated team!
Our Christmas Parade
Our team did an excellent job, as always! I could hear the team’s music before their sign came into view. Our parade started with a, “Jesus is Lord” sign, to make the Name of Jesus big.
It was followed by our Young Adults’ passing out candy and Gospel tracts.
Next came the float (shown above), which had some children dressed as the classic Nativity scene. This was followed by a big white truck with the Gospel message in 1 Corinthians 3:4, 17, that Jesus Christ died for our sins.
This was followed by my favorite part, the Youth Group (and others) performing a synchronized marching routine to lively Christmas songs.
Our elementary kids came next, dressed as presents and snowflakes. This was many of our parents’ favorite part, and not a few cameras came out.
Our youngest kids rode in a fancy Christmas Train, which kept them nice and warm and saved them the 2 mile walk.
Our parade was finished off by a, “Merry Christmas” sign.
Sharing the Gospel
My church spent the weeks prior to the parade praying, asking Father to draw the people He wanted there so they could hear the Gospel and be saved. The Young Adults involved in the parade handed out candy and Gospel tracts to the crowd.
Those of us in the crowd were also prayerful about using this opportunity to reach the lost. We came prepared with tracts.
Personally, as I made my way along the wet sidewalks of Old Town Leesburg with my friend Katie from church, I was blessed as at one point everyone we passed by was already holding a tract! Someone had been very diligent.
Katie and I were able to share with one family in particular. They were believers new to the area, and the mystery person from my church had already shared with the husband! The Lord must have really wanted this family to be encouraged. He is so good to His people. Meeting the family was a blessing, and we encouraged each other with testimonies of how the Lord provided for us.
Overall, despite the snow, it was obvious that the Lord answered our prayers and drew people to the parade so they could hear the Gospel. A few families I spoke with said it was the first time they had attended the parade. Though we may never know the fruit of our efforts, we know the Lord was glorified.
” In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16, ESV) Bible Gateway
Special thanks to our photographers for this event, who braved the weather to take beautiful pictures for us!
About Calvary Temple
Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.
Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.