Euzoa Bible Church frees parents up for a Saturday afternoon during the holidays |

Euzoa Bible Church frees parents up for a Saturday afternoon during the holidays

— Parents already beginning to feel the stress of the December holidays are invited by the congregation of Euzoa Bible Church to give themselves a break from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 12.

Parents of all faiths are welcome to drop their children ages 2 to 12 at the church’s country setting, two miles north of Steamboat Springs in Strawberry Park, for a secular (no faith-related programming) afternoon of games, a movie, snacks and even crafts that could result in a gift for their parents. There may also be an appearance by Santa Claus.

Senior Pastor Chris McCombs said more than 20 adults will be on hand to supervise, including a Spanish speaker.

The event has been dubbed “Kids’ Day Out for Christmas,” but it could just as easily be called “Parents Get a Few Hours Without Kids in Tow.”

“Our aim is two-fold,” McCombs said. “We’re serving the kids by giving them a fun day out. But we’re really serving the parents, so they can have an afternoon to do what they need to do. Maybe that’s to go up on the (ski) mountain. Maybe that’s to finish their Christmas shopping without kids in tow. Or maybe that’s to have a date with their spouse.”

Euzoa comprises a small congregation — fewer than 100 people, McCombs said. The motivation for the event was to extend service to the the larger community.

“The thought was, how can we uniquely bless our community? How can we serve our community in a way that would really take care of a need that’s out there?” McCombs said.

Euzoa Bible Church is located at 32305 Routt County Road 38, at the foot of Buffalo Pass in Strawberry Park. From Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat, turn north onto Third Street, then turn right at the intersection with Fish Creek Falls Road. Look for the left onto Amethyst Road, and follow it beyond Strawberry Park Elementary School to Routt County Road 36. Turn right again on Routt County Road 38, before the road begins to climb Buffalo Pass, to find the driveway of the 28-acre church campus.

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