A Chilliwack church is in the middle of bringing the magic of Christmas to several people throughout Chilliwack amid the pandemic.
Chilliwack Alliance Church has created The Blessings of Five Corners Christmas, a five-week virtual offering that seeks to bless individuals and organizations around the community with acts of service and gifts of love.
The initiative is in lieu of the church’s annual in-person Five Corners Christmas theatre production.
Starting on Nov. 29, the church has released a video every Sunday chronicling their acts of kindness towards their neighbours.
It took more than 50 volunteers to make The Blessings of Five Corners Christmas a reality.
As a result, the church was able to hold a baby-essentials drive in partnership with Meadow Rose Society, donate hand-written Christmas cards to Eden Care Home, host a Christmas luncheon for the folks at Trethewey Low Income Housing (with food provided by Chilliwack Kabab), and bring the children at Robertson Elementary School an afternoon Christmas story and holiday goodies.
Three instalments of the series have been released so far. The next one is scheduled for Dec. 20, and the final fifth episode will be aired on Dec. 24 at 4:30 p.m. during the online Christmas Eve service. The videos saw the return of a dozen memorable characters from past Five Corners productions.
The series was written and directed by Chilliwack Alliance Church’s special events coordinator, Megan Mackenzie, a recent graduate of the University of Los Angeles’ Screenwriting Program.
“In a time of isolation and loneliness, it’s never been more important to love our fellow neighbour and seek to remind people how special they are,” Mackenzie said. “That’s what we hope this offering will do for those in our local community and our new friends all around the world.”
Watch The Blessings of Five Corners Christmas on the Chilliwack Alliance Church website at mycac.ca/christmas.