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The Story Of Christmas ⛪🎅🎄
December 9, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
First Grace Baptist Church is excited to host their third annual drive-through living nativity entitled, “The Story of Christmas”. Featuring live animals and actors, this event is becoming an annual tradition for area families as they see the story of the manger to the cross. This immersive experience complete with audio narration, costumes, beautifully designed sets, and angels brightly shining from nearly 30 feet in the air is something that transports children and adults alike back to that first Christmas.
What started off as a manger, shepherds, a few paintings, and a cross expanded last year to include a set with Mary and Gabriel, shepherds in the fields with angelic appearances, a beautiful stable with Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus, a cross, and an empty tomb. This year it is going to be even bigger and better than ever.
“We want this to become an annual tradition for the families of our community as they celebrate the birth of our Savior,” Pastor Matt Reeves commented. “We are all guilty of filling our calendars so full during the holidays that we barely have a minute to slow down and remember Who it is that we are actually celebrating. As families drive through this living nativity with cookies and hot cocoa in hand, we pray that they will be reminded of The Gift that came to us at Christmas, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“You see, this is why we end the nativity with the cross and the empty tomb. Jesus didn’t just come so that we could have a great time gathering with friends and family, exchanging gifts and singing ‘Jingle Bells’. Jesus was born in the shadow of the cross. He was born so that he could go to that cross and die for our sins and then be resurrected from the grave. He was born so that all of us could have a relationship with God through faith in Jesus if we would only repent and believe.”
Pastor Matt concluded by saying, “We’d like to extend a warm invitation to our entire community to come and celebrate Christmas with us at our Living Nativity this year!” This event is taking place on December 9th -10th from 5:30-7:30 PM at First Grace Baptist Church in Sheffield, Iowa.