For the past eight years, the Village of Oak Creek Church of the Nazarene, or VOCNAZ, has hosted many community events, both at their facility and in other locations. This year’s Community Easter Sunrise Service at Verde Valley School was the seventh time they facilitated that event.
There was the 3rd Annual School Supply and Backpack Giveaway this summer. And they just hosted the 4th Annual Potluck in the Park in September.
This will be the seventh VOC Community Christmas Eve Service they have hosted. And they seem very excited about it. Their pastor said they’re really going all out this year to create a “contemplative space that people will experience as a place of peace, comfort and expectation.”
Pastor Jim Cunningham, whose parents started the church in 1984 said, “If you know anything about us, you know we’re all about our community. We host several annual events as a means of bringing the people of the VOC together.
Christmas is a special time and many who don’t have a church home or are travelling want a place to go to meditate or reflect on the meaning of the season. We’d like to be their home for Christmas Eve.”
The service is a come-and-go. The lights are dimmed; candles and music provide the ambience. There’s acoustic guitar music, readings, silence, scripture, and communion. “It’s a setting for a contemplative experience. You’re invited to come in, stay as long as you want, take communion if you desire, and leave when you are ready. There is no pressure of any kind to participate. My wife, Cindy, and I serve communion to each family in a private moment, off to the side of the room. We often see families invite singles and couples to join them, which embodies the very spirit of Christmas.”
Cindy agrees, “If you are looking for a place to connect with something different than the commercialism of Christmas, something deeper, a place to quiet your spirit, to refocus, to realign your purpose, this is a great place to be on Christmas Eve.”
The service is December 24th from 5:30-6:30pm. VOCNAZ is located at 55 Rojo Drive, Sedona, 86351. It’s ¼ mile south of the Chase Bank round-about. You can find details or contact the church at (928) 284-0015, or at www.vocnaz.org, or on their Facebook page: Village of Oak Creek Church of the Nazarene.