Set to the styling of Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe

Next Installment | December 19, 2021 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Please join us for our annual Back Porch installment of the Christmas Candlelight service Sunday December 19th at 6:30 pm in person or via ZOOM Link.  Check out our front page for more information!


This is the latest of ten Back Porch Stories told since 2015. Pete, Mary, and the kids are dealing with COVID the best they can.

While sitting on the lake one summer, the Lantern’s Pastor Ed discovered the narratives of Canada’s beloved Stuart McLean and questioned why something similar couldn't be brought to a church setting. Why couldn’t ‘the sermon’ and ‘traditional singing’ be set aside, at least on occasion, and be replaced with meaningful home-cooked stories? Why not ask gifted musicians to assist with the story?


So here they are. The Back Porch Stories. We hope you enjoy them and please feel free to give us your feedback.

Christmas 2017 - Opa Stanley

This was the 7th installment of Back Porch Stories and we looked into the life of Opa Stanley

Christmas 2016 - Unit 68

In the South Calgary Hospital Campus Unit 68 Pete encounters his long-lost cousin Ricky and is forced to grapple with some of his fears and regrets of a life gone by.

Christmas 2015 - The Cab Ride

Pete's cab driver tells him of his most touching cab ride story ever.

Christmas 2014 - Ice Hut

Peter gets in a bit of trouble removing a dock installed at his cottage on Christmas Eve before the locals arrive to experience a serene Christmas on the lake.

Christmas 2013 - Stray Cat

Peter and his kids have been looking for their lost cat for weeks when they get an unsuspecting call from a man that might have some information on their lost cat.

Spring 2013 - Zorro

Peter’s Dog and his neighbour’s dog bring Peter and his neighbour together but it is the adults that learn a lesson (most notably Peter).

Autumn 2012 - Gazebo

Peter loves a good deal. But even a good deal can go bad and when it does it is Peter’s son that returns his feet to the ground.