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Willow Creek set for "inspiring" Christmas services

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  • Avery Johnson, 7, will be among the many performers taking part in Christmas services at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington. More than 75,000 worshippers are expected to attend the services.

      Avery Johnson, 7, will be among the many performers taking part in Christmas services at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington. More than 75,000 worshippers are expected to attend the services.
    Photo Courtesy of Robert Wersching

  • Drummers, from left, Kyle Krejci, Dennis Calito, Steve Myers will be performing as part of Christmas services at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington over the next four days. More than 75,000 worshippers are expected to attend the services.

      Drummers, from left, Kyle Krejci, Dennis Calito, Steve Myers will be performing as part of Christmas services at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington over the next four days. More than 75,000 worshippers are expected to attend the services.
    Photo Courtesy of Robert Wersching

  • Shawn Christopher, vocalist on the worship team at Willow Creek Community Church, will be among the performers taking part in the next week in a dozen Christmas services at the South Barrington Church. More than 75,000 worshippers are expected to attend.

      Shawn Christopher, vocalist on the worship team at Willow Creek Community Church, will be among the performers taking part in the next week in a dozen Christmas services at the South Barrington Church. More than 75,000 worshippers are expected to attend.
    Photo Courtesy of Robert Wersching

  • Rev. Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, will be among the speakers at upcoming Christmas services being held in the church's 7,000-seat auditorium. More than 75,000 worshippers are expected to attend the services.

      Rev. Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, will be among the speakers at upcoming Christmas services being held in the church's 7,000-seat auditorium. More than 75,000 worshippers are expected to attend the services.
    Photo Courtesy of David Ingold

  • Cameryn Johnson, 5, will be among the many performers taking part in Christmas services at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington. More than 75,000 worshippers are expected to attend.

      Cameryn Johnson, 5, will be among the many performers taking part in Christmas services at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington. More than 75,000 worshippers are expected to attend.
    Photo Courtesy of Robert Wersching

  • Video: Willow Creek Christmas trailer

 
Daily Herald report

More than 75,000 worshippers are expected to attend services featuring a retelling of the Christmas story beginning Saturday at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington.

The church is offering 11 identical services in English and one in Spanish that will include vivid multimedia, traditional Christmas carols, and a message of hope from Senior Pastor Rev. Bill Hybels and Teaching Pastor Rev. Steve Carter.

"We want to bring the timeless message of Christmas to life in a way that will capture the hearts of people of every age," Carter said.

At select services, Willow Creek will offer language translation in Korean, Chinese, Spanish and sign language. Promiseland, Willow's children's ministry, is available for infants through age five.

Service times and dates are Saturday, Dec. 21, at 4 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 22, at 9 and 11:30 a.m., and 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 23, at 4 and 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 24, at noon, and 3 and 6 p.m.

Services will be held in Willow Creek's 7,000-seat auditorium located on the corner of Barrington and Algonquin roads in South Barrington. All services are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

For information and a trailer video of the performance, visit christmas.willowcreek.org.

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