Mariner’s kids to perform ‘Jingle Bell Beach’ Sunday

Date Published: 
Dec. 15, 2017

The Armor Kids Church group at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View will present “Jingle Bell Beach” on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m.

The program, according to Michelle Christopher, Mariner’s children’s church coordinator, is a music-filled story that centers on a music competition between three groups: the Starfish, the Snowflakes and the Electrons. The spirit of Christmas, Christopher said, gets lost in all the excitement of the competition, but in the end, the true message of the season is brought back into the spotlight.

“The kids have been working really hard since October” to bring the performance together, she said.

The cast includes all the members of Armor Kids, which is currently about 35 to 40 children from age 4 to fifth grade.

Christopher said that, while the “Jingle Bell Beach” theme fits in well for the church’s location, that is not why she chose it.

“Every year, I buy the one with the most parts,” she explained, since she wants to “make sure everybody has a special” part in the program.

She said she emphasizes to the children that their hard work is important to the success of the program and that “we get to have fun and we get to bring the message of Christmas to everyone in the audience — even some people who might be sitting there not feeling the spirit of Christmas in their hearts.”

The church’s CRASH youth program will play for the audience before the start of “Jingle Bell Beach.”

The Armor Kids children’s church is held year-round, every Sunday during the 9:30 a.m. worship service, in a separate room from the regular service, Christopher said.

“We worship in our own style, with our own music,” she said.

The Christmas program is one of the major activities the Armor Kids do each year.

Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church is located at 81 Central Avenue in Ocean View. For more information on “Jingle Bell Beach” and other programs, call the church at (302) 539-9510 or go to