Heritage plans Christmas events for kids with special needs


Members of Heritage Christian Church in Fayetteville are reaching out to families with children who have special needs this Christmas season. They are inviting children from the Joseph Sams School, Clearwater Academy, Lighthouse School, and Challenger Baseball to have their photos taken with Santa Claus at the church, Friday, Nov. 30-Sunday, Dec. 2.

According to Steve Geyer, outreach minister and special needs ministry coordinator at Heritage, the church’s goal is to provide a “sensory friendly” environment for the children to have their photo taken with Santa Claus since most of the children can’t handle the mall environment as it is too overwhelming.

Two separate Christmas backdrops will be set up in the church, one for children with Santa and one for a Dickens era family photo complete with costumes.

In addition, Heritage is hosting the Tiny Tim Celebration of Giving to benefit the Joseph Sams School. Tickets are currently on sale for the “Christ is Come” Christmas Tour by Big Daddy Weave with special guest Mike’s Chair at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://georgia.thejoyfm.com/events. Ticket prices are Gold Circle seating, $25, general admission, $15 (there will be an added surcharge per ticket). To order tickets by phone, call 855-223-1008.

The evening will include a silent auction of fully decorated trees, centerpieces, wreaths and more. Proceeds from the auction and concert will benefit the Joseph Sams School in Fayetteville and New Life Children’s Home in Port Au Prince, Haiti. The auction will close Saturday evening, Dec. 8.

Heritage Christian is in south Fayetteville, at the corner of Redwine Road and Peachtree Parkway. For more information, visit www.heritagechristian.org or call the church office, 770-716-5768.