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The Last Safe Place to go Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

I can only remember caroling a couple of times in my life, and both times were awkward exchanges of out-of-tune butchery of popular Christmas Songs.  I think we’ve all seen enough American Idol to realize that there can be a huge gulf between perceived singing ability and actual singing ability.  By the end of the night, all songs were abandoned except for Jingle Bells, and someone’s little brother tried to sneak in the Batman Smells version.

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  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 story to be a blessing.

Caroling always sounded like a good idea until you got out there and discovered:

 It was much colder than you expected and singing while your teeth are chattering is not a popular vocal medium.

 You don’t actually know all the words to the songs and have to hmmmrmmmher during the tricky parts.

 Your friends can’t carry a tune any better than you can so forget relying on Fred to stick to just one key.

 People tend to think it’s weird that you are standing on their lawn singing. You’re looking at them singing hmmmmrmmmmher and they’re watching you wondering if this is a new cult that just joined the neighborhood.

 You shouldn’t launch into the Twelve Days of Christmas unless you know for sure what all the presents are or your audience has a lot of patience to listen to fifteen minutes of “9 Ducks a Quacking” and “11 Guys a Grilling”.

There is still one safe place where people appreciate the festiveness of Caroling:  The Senior Homes.  I’ve shared with you in the past about the Calvary Temple outreach to the area nursing homes.  For Christmas, our volunteers go all out to spread the love of Jesus with some Christmas Cheer.  Even our Children get involved as they perform parts of their Christmas Pageant for residents of the Sunrise Nursing Home in Sterling, VA.

manor care caroling

Room to Room Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

manor care Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

Caroling with those who could not join the party.

Last month, teams from the church visited the two facilities: Manor Care in Fairfax, VA, and Tall Oaks in Reston, VA.  The mission was to go room to room caroling before having a Group Sing-Along Christmas Party for the residents.  The night they visited Manor Care, the residence was having their annual Christmas Dinner.  As it was, many of the resident’s family members were visiting and were able to join the seniors for the party. The residents loved singing the carols and many of them knew the words by memory.  They probably would have known “7 Sheep a Shearing” is wrong.

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manor care singing

Manor Care Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

After the singing, the teams shared a powerful message about the real meaning of Christmas and the hope we have in Jesus.  We are living in difficult times.  Things we never thought we would see happen are taking place right before our eyes. The Jesus who came to take our sins upon Himself so we could be reconciled to God is coming back for His church very soon.

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Sharing the Message – Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

 

 

Tom sharing the Gospel

Tom sharing the Gospel – Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

Afterwards, there was a time of refreshments and fellowship with the residents, many of whom do not usually attend the Bible Studies but came out for the special event.  Then there was a time of sharing one-on-one with the seniors, encouraging them in the Word and praying with them.

manor care one on one

Sharing one-on-one

Tall Oaks Fellowship

Tall Oaks Fellowship

Tall Oaks Ladies

Tall Oaks Ladies

What an honor to spend time with these special people at this most special time of the year.  Sharing the Love of Jesus and spreading the Gospel is the truest meaning of what Christmas is all about.

My Favorite Christmas Song when I was a kid.  I would have gone caroling for this.

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.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,Flickr,Instagram


	

Calvary Temple Kids Sing at the Sunrise Nursing Home – Plus a Surprise

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  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 story to be a blessing.

Calvary Temple Kids at the Sunrise Nursing Home

Calvary Temple Kids at the Sunrise Nursing Home

Last week we had a sneak preview of the Kid’s practicing for their outreach debut.  Well, the daily preparations have been paying off because they did a wonderful job performing for the seniors of the Sunrise Nursing Home this week.  It was standing room only in the front parlor as the residents packed in to watch the show.

The kids performed several of their Christmas Pageant songs much to the delight of the audience.

Kids at Nursing home

The audience loved them.

The especially loved watching these two ham it up for this number:

After the musical portion of the morning, the kids greeted the seniors one-on-one and handed out tracts and cupcakes.

Cupcake Time

Cupcake Time

They told the seniors that Jesus is the true meaning of Christmas.

Calvary Temple Kids at Sunrise

Handing out tracts

The kids did a great job of reaching out to the residents and showing the love of God.  And as you can see, the residents were very receptive to the children’s visit.

Sharing the Love of Jesus

Sharing the Love of Jesus

Visiting with the seniors

Visiting with the seniors

Calvary Temple also does a Bible Study in the Sunrise Nursing Home on Thursday Nights.  If you or your loved ones are in the facility, you are more than welcome to join us.

And Now … the Surprise!

After the Nursing Home Outreach, the Elementary kids were joined by the High-Schoolers at the Dulles Town Center Mall in Sterling, VA and performed a Christmas Flash Mob.  It’s hard to see just how many of them were there, but they are spread out over a large portion of the food court.  It was a very exciting end to a successful day of joining the kids on their first Christmas Outreach.

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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.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr,Instagram

The Last Roundup – Calvary Temple Nursing Home Ministry

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  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 story to be a blessing.

Before my father was born again he played the piano in a jazz band. He played mostly weddings, parties and nightclubs. I remember being eight and screaming out, “Play Watermelon Man!” over and over at one of his gigs until he finally played it. I think that was the last nightclub appearance I was allowed to make.

Amazing Grace

Dad playing in a club on a cruise ship

After he was saved he traded in his powder blue tux and became the church pianist and choir director. When he played Amazing Grace people would often ask him “Where did you learn to play the piano? You didn’t learn to play like that in a church.” He would just flash a smile. Even more than he loved to entertain he loved to minister to people. One of our activities every Sunday after morning church was Nursing Home Visitation. I was forced to had the pleasure of singing the old hymns to the residents. I could sing back then. In the Garden. Blessed Assurance. Victory in Jesus. I was also everyone’s granddaughter. Literally. Bless their hearts, many of them lived in some form of confusion.

That confusion can make nursing home ministry especially difficult. Alzheimer’s, senility, normal aging. Sometimes you bring the gospel week after week in faith and nothing seems to be getting in. But every once in a while the Holy Spirit cracks open the door and the lights come on.

tall oaks

Tall Oaks Assisted Living

Calvary Temple has been visiting some of the Northern Virginia area Assisted Living facilities for more than twenty years now. More than thirty volunteers minister at the Tall Oaks Home in Reston, VA doing chapel services on Sundays and Bible studies twice a week. The residents love to have visits from children so when Mark and Shelly go to have Bible study they take the kids with them. On a recent visit they had an especially exciting night and the “lights came on” for one of their ladies.

Before you can have a Bible Study you have to round up the residents. Satan knows he has most of these people right where he wants them and he’s not willing to let them go. He has dissenters who try to prevent the others from attending. They may not even know why they’re doing it. On this special night the ladies who are usually persuaded by the dissenters to skip Bible study were determined.

“No. I think I do want to go to Bible Study tonight.” Mrs. H was especially confused and kept trying to find her mother to ask permission to attend.  Praise God the nurse told her she knew it was okay and she should go hear about Jesus. God has His people planted too!

Mark had one of his children read Acts 2, and as he was reading Mark felt very impressed to emphasize that Jesus gives us the victory over death.  Death has no sting when Jesus is Lord and Savior.  Mrs. H became very coherent and said, “it is amazing, what a wonderful thing!”  Mark asked her if she had ever asked Jesus to be her Lord and Savior.  She said that she had always had faith in Him, and asked Him for things, but that no one had ever explained all of this to her.

Mrs. H asked Mark and Shelly to pray with her and that night she gave her heart to the Lord.  A new life in Jesus right at the finish line. Nursing Home Ministry is a labor of love and an act of faith.  But nights like these you are so thankful the Lord allows you to be a part of something so special.

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.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram