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Wednesday, 12 December 2012 16:09

Residents have an opportunity to watch a live nativity scene this weekend

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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The Swift Current Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is sharing the Christmas spirit by hosting a live nativity this weekend, with animals, treats, and refreshments. Performances will take place at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13-15.

“We’ve got a Mary, Joseph, innkeeper, stable boy, shepherds, wise men, and angels,” explained Genevieve Steed, a member of the congregation who took on the responsibility of organizing the event.
“We really wanted to make it authentic, so we have a donkey for Mary to ride, a goat for our shepherd to carry, and sheep for the pen. I think we also have a chicken this year.”
Children have the opportunity to pet the animals after the short presentation, which will involve a narration from the bible, music, and hay bales for the audience to sit on. Afterwards, children can meet the animals and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies inside the church.
“It’s just kind of a fun Christmas community service that allows people to enjoy the true spirit of the season, and do something fun as a family,” Steed noted. “Our church shares a strong belief in emulating our savior, having charity and worshipping together. We want to reach out to the community in that way, and I think there are a lot of people out there who are searching for a way to make Christ the centre of their Christmas.”
She explained the event has been well attended in the past, by members of the church, those who are familiar with the story, and even those who haven’t ever heard the story before.
Even with varying levels of understanding, Steed noted the event is enjoyed by all.
“It’s the fellowship that’s important, and I think it’s so important to be with family and feel that warmth together,” she added. “My girls love to hear the story of Christ, and I think some of my best memories of Christmas are at events like this, remembering the true meaning of Christmas and feeling connected to the community.”
While many of the performers are members of the church, friends and neighbours are involved with the production, as well. Steed is pleased to see this true community togetherness, since everyone involved has been very eager to do more.
“Our missionaries at the church hand delivered 2,500 flyers to people in the area, and we’ve had people provide us with cookies and refreshments, sewn costumes, built the stable, and donated so much of their time and talents to make this a success,” she explained. “It’s a huge effort for everyone, and it’s so amazing to see how willing and happy everyone is to do it.”
She is hopeful this year will see another great turnout from families throughout the southwest.
“It’s such a great way for people to give to each other and for us to share our belief in Christ,” added Steed. “It’s so important to come into this fellowship and share that sense of community with each other.”

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