Liquid Church, a non-denominational Christian church, will examine the parallels between the Bible and "Star Wars" Christmas Eve at church services.
Known for its culturally relevant approaches to ministry that often turn to pop-culture for illustrative purposes, Liquid's "Cosmic Christmas Eve" services promise to be an "out of this world" experience for guests, says a release.
On Christmas Eve, Liquid will host a live "Star Wars" Nativity scene, with guests invited to line-up for an opportunity to wield a light saber and join the Nativity with the Leia, Han Solo, Chewy, and R2D2 characters.
Children will get the chance to sit on the lap of "Darth Santa," share their Christmas wish and take a photo with "Darth Santa and his "Stormtrooper" "elves."
Each service includes costumed characters, movie clips, and music.
"Right now, all eyes are turned toward Star Wars and we can leverage this historic pop-culture moment to reach new people and teach them about the birth of Jesus Christ," said Tim Lucas, lead pastor and founder of Liquid Church. "This is a fun way to take a fresh look at the greatest story ever told. One of our core values at Liquid is that 'church is fun.' "
There will be services at five locations in Essex, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset and Union counties. All are welcome to the free, family-friendly, 60-minute Christmas Eve experience, but registration is required. For registration, locations and free tickets, visit www.CosmicChristmas.com.