The Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church will bring the story of Christ's birth to life during a live nativity this Sunday.
From 3 to 5:30 p.m., the live nativity will be portrayed through a number of outdoor scenes, which feature actors and animals in several settings including Mary and Joseph's travel to Bethlehem, their encounter at the inn, the angels' visit to the shepherds, the scene at the manger and the travel of the wise men. Guided tours will take visitors from the starting point in the church's parking lot off Charlotte Street to the many points of the nativity. Using the Christmas Story, as told in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, the church's live nativity is expected to attract people familiar with the meaning of Christmas, as well as people who may be hearing and seeing the story for the first time.
"Christmas is an exciting time in the life of the Church," a spokesperson said. "We are pleased to offer this re-telling of the beautiful Christmas story as our gift to our neighbors and community."
In addition to the free nativity, there will also be free refreshments and musical selections from a number of the church's musical ensembles. There will also be caroling at different points in the afternoon.
Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church is at the corner of Charlotte and West Genesee streets in the heart of the village. Parking is in the church parking lot, in village lots adjacent to the church and along Charlotte Street and in the nearby Mercer Park parking lots. For more information about the live nativity, contact the church at 635-6442 or check the web site at bvillefirstumc.org.
The use of nativity scene to tell the story of Christ's birth dates back to 1223 when St. Francis of Assisi organized a living manger scene to bring this story to life. Nativity displays, ranging from live reenactments to tiny, carved figurines, have become a popular way to re-tell the Christmas Story.