Although they weren’t performing for an auditorium packed with people, students at Kleinburg Christian Academy (KCA) had every reason to stay in character last Tuesday, during their school’s interactive Christmas program. Traveling in groups of twenty, parents and friends moved from classroom to classroom to see students celebrate the birth of Jesus through dramatic re-enactments, storytelling and song.
While they waited to take their pilgrimage, crowds enjoyed hot drinks and snacks in the KCA gym—transformed for the evening into a Bethlehem Marketplace, complete with craft tables for children, games and a student art work display. Musical entertainment provided by students from Toronto District Christian High School made the ambiance just right, says KCA Principal, LeeAnn Major.
The pilgrimage ended in the school chapel, where a large black tent (meant to look like an empty tomb) was standing alongside a cross draped in purple— the cross serving as a reminder of Christ’s death, the tomb, with its stone rolled away, a symbol of His resurrection.
“The presentation made a very poignant connection between Christmas and Christ on the cross,” says Major.
A departure from the traditional Christmas program format allowed the KCA community to experience the gift of fellowship, while imaginatively entering into a story that carries a message of profound hope.