The Christmas Light Challenge


Ugly-christmas-lightsLast year I took Paul (our Executive Pastor) home when he was without a car. It was already dark and around this same time of year—Christmas time. Paul thought he should warn me about what I was about to see.

“You might want to put on your sunglasses,” he said.

“Why?” I naturally inquired. One does not usually need them at night.

“Because you are about to see more lights on our street than the Los Angeles airport has on all its runways combined. Seriously,” he added, “It looks like Walmart threw up on our street!”

He was right! Not about Walmart, but about the Christmas display. It was awesome! When he saw how I reacted (I got a real kick out of it) he sheepishly admitted that he kinda liked it too.

And who wouldn’t? It’s so much fun to see people really getting into decorating and celebrating.

So, in keeping with the fun of the whole thing, Southbrook Church has decided to egg them on, oops, I mean, encourage them in their festive pursuits. So here’s the deal…

Your Neighborhood, St. John’s Forest, has been chosen as “The Neighborhood with the most Holiday Spirit” by Southbrook Community Church (your neighbor down the street).

Guess What That Means?!

We’ve taken photos of many of the light displays and placed them on this blog ( We’ll be choosing 3 winners and all you have to do to find out if you’ve won is attend one of our 5 Christmas Eve services. We’ll have the winners posted during all the services at the Information Table in the front lobby. If you win – just come and collect your prize!

If your house is not on this blog then send a picture to and we’ll make sure it is included.

·        Grand Prize: Video recorder

·        2nd Prize: $100.00 Gift card to Target

·        3rd Prize: $50.00 Gift card to Macaroni Grill

The Christmas Eve Drama Services are:

 Dec. 23rd6:30 pm and 8:30 pm


Dec. 24th3:30 pm, 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm


Southbrook Community Church

5607 Monroe-Weddington Road (Hwy 84)

For more information visit our website at Or reserve your tickets right there at the web site by going to and clicking the “Choose Your Christmas – Ticket Request” icon.

And, once again, here are ALL the options (including the midnight candlelight service at Southbrook Central and the services at Monroe)


Tuesday evening, December 23rd at 6:30 and again at 8:30 in the main.

Wednesday evening, December 24th at 3:30, 5:30, and 7:30. There will also be a scaled down midnight service beginning at 11:00 pm (please note that this service does not include the drama. The drama is limited to the 5 above mentioned services and the central campus only.).

There will also be 2 services on December 24th in the brand new facility at our Monroe Campus. These will be at 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm (these services are candlelight services and do not include the drama). I hope this helps, and remember, though you won’t be turned away without a ticket, the first seats go to those who have tickets for that particular hour.

Pictures so far…