MINETTO – Each year Christians around the world gather to celebrate the birth of the Christ child, and each year we anticipate His birth as we worship on Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve is a time of remembrance, as we recall the telling of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem.
Over the years, the Minetto United Methodist Church’s Barn Service has held a special place among the events leading up to Christmas for our members and neighbors from the broader community, as people come to witness the retelling of the nativity story.
The Barn Service will begin at 5 p.m. at the Greco Family Farm, 297 West Fifth Street Road.
Dress appropriately for the weather since the barn is unheated.
A flashlight would be useful.
This year, as we come together in that humble barn setting, we will see once again the story re-enacted by the youth of the church; but this year the theme will include a message of peace, born of the words of the prophet Isaiah.
Included in this year’s nativity will be a host of characters not normally seen in the stable at Bethlehem.
There will be a lion, a bear, a wolf, all part of the Peaceable Kingdom, gathered as symbols of our need to work together to spread the message of the Christ child, the Prince of Peace.
We will see Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and the wise men all gathered together with the wild beasts reminding us that our differences are just that, differences, but that we are all creatures of God’s creation.
Again this year, Rev. Richard Sivers will stage the nativity with the help of members of the Minetto United Methodist Church.
The Barn Service, as it has always been known, has been part of Christmas Eve for more than 20 years.
Our traditional candlelight Christmas Eve service will be held in the sanctuary at 8 p.m.
All visitors are welcome and the building is fully accessible.
Other information about the church may be found at www.MinettoUMC.org