NORMAN — In March, while most people were thinking of spring, Jenny Lusty began planning one massive Christmas party.
The children’s minister at Alameda Church of Christ, Lusty has been working on Jingle Jam since then, and she hopes that the Norman community will join her from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday for the big reveal.
The free celebration is open to the community and will feature crafts, bounce houses, hot chocolate, cookies, pictures with Santa and a family photo booth. The event is being tagged by organizers as a Christmas party for the whole family.
“It’s something that families can do together and come out and celebrate what Christmas is about,” Lusty said. “Kids are bringing their parents to church. It’s just something for the whole family to do together. Something that your teenagers will like but something that still appeals to kids with Santa Claus and doing things with their mom and dad.”
Lusty said for the first 30 minutes of the celebration, the choir will perform.
“We will sing our a cappella songs, about four songs that we sing, and the whole congregation joins in. They are kid-friendly songs. It’s not the normal just sit in your pew and listen; it is an interactive kind of thing,” Lusty said.
The evening also will incorporate a traditional Sunday activity at Alameda of watching a live drama story about the Bible.
“Instead of just reading it, they actually get to see that in action, and it really makes the Bible come to life for them. You’ve heard these stories a million times as you’ve come to church, but this way you’re seeing how it can apply to your life.
“The whole thing is about having joy. Because joy is choosing to be happy, even when things don’t go your way, which adults can even take part,” Lusty said.