Menifee Church Group Entertains Mall Shoppers With Flash Mob

Shoppers at the Promenade Mall in Temecula got a pleasant surprise Saturday afternoon when members of a Menifee church group sprang up out of nowhere to sing Christmas songs in a flash mob performance.

More than 40 members of the Menifee Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints sang portions of "Little Drummer Boy," "Go Tell it on the Mountain" and "O Holy Night" to the hundreds of shoppers who gathered around, many filming the event with cell phone cameras. Most of the church members were scattered around the area in street clothes, but one young man played a snare drum, a woman played the flute, and Joshua Bigelow -- producer of the event -- was disguised as a janitor.

After performing in the middle of the food court, the flash mob showed up again outside the mall by the giant Christmas tree, and again later in front of JC Penney.

Church members organized the flash mob after seeing video of a similar performance on YouTube. Kevin Ruffner showed the video to Bigelow, who organized the event with the help of Musical Director Jackie Blood. The group rehearsed the event in advance before "taking the show on the road."


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