Whobilation returns to First Assembly of God

rpulley@lsjournal.comDecember 6, 2013 

The Grinch is back in Lee’s Summit, still stirring up a Whobilation Christmas, but this time for two weekends at the First Assembly of God Church.

The theme is borrowed from the Dr. Suess classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Children can have their pictures taken with the Grinch. Whos in their Who clothes and their Who hair will run games and be hosts. Vistors can enter the who-dressed contest.

This will be the second year for the event 7-9 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and 13-14 at the church at 425 SW Oldham Parkway.

“It was a huge success last year, that’s for sure,” said Tiffany Dimas, an assistant to the children’s pastor.

She said the church decided on two weekends, adding a day to the schedule, instead of having it in a single week, to give more people a chance to attend the free celebration.

There are new games and other changes based on feedback from visitors to give people more opportunity to visit Whoville and to make the experience fresh.

As last year, children will get gifts, mailed from Who-PS, win Grinch bucks at games which they can spend in the holiday store. Last year so many young girls go their hair done at the Who-Do Salon, they’ve added another stylist.

A new children’s wing for the church is finished, it was a work in progress last year.

“It’s quite impressive,” Pastor Roger Horne said. “That will be something new beyond the Whobilation event.”

Horne said that last year a small group of people got the idea and took off with it. The church wasn’t sure what the outcome would be but the event had good attendance.

This year church had more time to prepare. An improved play, with its own curvy Mt. Crumpit, will be performed each night in the sanctuary to tell children the story of Jesus in a way they’ll understand.

“Much more professionally done,” Horne said.

He said the event is the church’s largest effort in outreach.

“This year we’ve taken it on as a whole church,” Horne said. “It’s one of those things that build’s up a lot of enthusiasm and energy.”

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