Families filled the pews at First Christian Reformed Church in Grand Haven to watch their children perform Christmas songs in the annual performance.
Kids in the Young Fives program through second grade sang “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Away in a Manager,” “Glory to God in the Highest” and “Jesus Gives Us Love.” Students in the school’s first-year kindergarten and first-grade Spanish immersion class sang and recited Luke 2 in Spanish.
According to the school’s website, Silver Tea tradition stems back to when Christian women in the community started the holiday season by serving tea and cookies on silver tea sets. Following the performance, they would have fellowship after children sang Christmas songs.
Prior to Wednesday’s event, Jackie Nederveld said she was looking forward to her first Silver Tea experience. Nederveld, whose husband is the new pastor at First Christian Reformed Church, said their son in first grade at GHCS kept all of the songs a secret so she would be surprised.
This year marked the 10th year that Nancy VerMerris and her husband, Dave VerMerris, attended Silver Tea. Nancy said watching their grandchildren perform is one of the highlights of their Christmas season.
“It’s always well done,” she said.
Dave VerMerris said he enjoys watching the children’s enthusiasm of performing and seeing their families in the audience.
“That enthusiasm is so much fun to watch,” he said.
Related: See more photos from the event at the Tribune photo gallery.