The Living Nativity is a 55-year-old annual tradition that takes place two evenings the week before Christmas. People of all ages are welcome to come at twilight to see the telling of the Christmas story complete with music, the Baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph at the manger.
Younger children and their parents are invited to play the part of the shepherds gathered around a fire, which, of course, will be tended by the grown up shepherds. Older children, too, can be shepherds as well as angels, with some middle school kids playing the roles of the Three Wise Men, and even Mary and Joseph. Each “set” runs about 20 minutes long. Actors of all ages are welcome. Plus, for the children, there are live animals which are petting-zoo certified.
Each year parents and grandparents bring the children to enjoy the performance under the stars and then have cookies and their pictures taken free in Fellowship Hall dressed as shepherds and angels. Some through the years have made this a family tradition to join in one of the performances, then parade into Fellowship Hall, have their pictures taken, feast on cookies and hot chocolate and join in the Christmas music.