The Polar Express train diagram that Antioch Christian Church’s Pastor Steve Devore puts together every year. Submitted Photo
By BLAKE FAITH
Antioch Christian Church is putting on an event for the public that revolves around the Polar Express. This event has been put on since 2017 and makes its return after last year’s absence due to COVID-19.
Pastor Steve Devore creates an eight feet by 16 feet train layout that is supposed to resemble the Polar Express. Devore also on the day of the event dresses up as The Polar Express Train Conductor.
This idea was created due to the love Devore had of trains and the movie as well as the church wanting to create something that families could come to and participate in.
Usually there are 50 people who come to this event according to Antioch’s Children’s Minister Angie Rushing. She would love for more than that to come this year, but the hope is that people can just come and do something with their family for Christmas.
The event consists of a scavenger hunt of the train display that if completed, people can be entered into a chance to win a prize. There are also Christmas games, a Christmas Photo Booth, cocoa and treats. That will be going on from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
At 2 p.m. the church will show The Polar Express movie. This is a free event to the public. If you can’t make the event and want to see the train layout the layout is available to be seen in the church’s fellowship hall on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rushing’s overall message she wanted to send to readers and the community when it comes to their event is that they just want to have a very fun Christmas.
“We really just want to have a fun Christmas event that anyone can come to at any age,” Rushing said. “Whether you’re a grandpa or a tiny little baby, we just want to open our doors and have a fun Christmas event for people to just be with their families and have a good time.”