Three reasons to attend a Bayside Christmas service
Bayside Church Christmas services
When: 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, Tuesday, Dec. 18, and Thursday, Dec. 20; 4:30 p.m., 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21; 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23; 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. Jingle Jam service is 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23.
Where: Bayside Church, 8191 Sierra College Blvd. in Roseville
Cost: Reserves seats online for $5. Reserve seats for free at a weekend service. Proceeds benefit the church’s Congo projects.
Some 200 volunteers will help make Bayside Church’s annual Christmas services — there will be 16 total — a reality.
They work backstage, direct cars in the parking lot, serve coffee and hot chocolate in the campus café, provide technical support, usher attendees to their seats and more. This group is being led by ringleader Angie Wysocki, director of Christmas activities, who has been preparing since September.
“It’s quite the operation,” she said.
The Press Tribune checked in with Wysocki to find out three reasons why people should check out an upcoming service at the Granite Bay church.
“Through the Christmas season, we get inundated with messages, things to do, parties,” she said. “Our services are a time to really celebrate Christmas in a way that brings hope and brings families together.”
1. Return of The Silhouettes
The Silhouettes will once again grace the stage at Bayside Church, performing an inspiring dance by creating shadows on a large screen. They performed for the first time locally in 2011.
“Last year went so well for us and for them,” Wysocki said. “Before they left, we were talking to them about coming back.”
This dance troupe finished as runner-up in the sixth season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” The young dancers range from 4 to 18 years old and are part of the Rocky Mountain School of Dance and Performing Arts in Colorado. They formed The Silhouettes in 2009 and have been traveling around the world ever since.
2. Cirque kids make their debut
The Silhouettes recently began working with an all-youth entertainment troupe called Le PeTIT CiRqUe — and they’re bringing this act with them to Bayside. Established in 2001, Cirque features a cast of children ages 6 to 14 who put on a “really, really amazing” aerial show, Wysocki said.
3. Fender guitar auction
Need another reason to attend a Christmas service? How about live music by Lincoln Brewster, former lead guitarist for Steve Perry. Brewster teamed up with Sacramento artist David Girabaldi — also of “America’s Got Talent” fame — to design a Fender guitar, which he has been playing on his current tour.
They made a couple dozen of these guitars to auction off as a fundraiser for Bayside’s Congo projects. So far eight have been sold for $33,000, and the proceeds of Brewster’s Christmas album “Joy to the World” also benefit these projects.