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September 19, 2018

Minetto UMC Plans Christmas Eve Barn Service


MINETTO, NY – For 25 years, the Minetto United Methodist Church has been hosting a barn service on Christmas Eve and this year the tradition will continue at the Greco Family Farm (formerly Wadsworth’s) at 297 W. Fifth St. Road.

 Rev. Rick Sivers readies a camel costume from his collection of theater props. The costume will be used in this year’s Minetto UMC Christmas Eve barn service at the Greco Family Farm beginning at 5 p.m.


Rev. Rick Sivers readies a camel costume from his collection of theater props. The costume will be used in this year’s Minetto UMC Christmas Eve barn service at the Greco Family Farm beginning at 5 p.m.

Rev. Rick Sivers, former pastor of the Minetto church, has returned to Oswego and will be leading the service this year with a few added surprises.

The Christmas Eve barn service is set for 5 p.m.

Sivers, who is a 50-year member of the Oswego Players and recently retired after 37 years in the United Methodist ministry, brought with him to Oswego a full lighting and sound system to enhance the experience on Christmas Eve.

The service of carols and a re-enactment of the nativity will take place in the barn with everyone seated on bales of hay.

Adding this year to the excitement of the nativity, will be a life-sized camel to accompany the wise men to the stable.

The camel costume is one of many costumes in Sivers’ collection of theater props.

Everyone is invited to come and share in the special celebration of Christmas at the annual barn service.

Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.

There is ample off-street parking with church members on site to direct traffic for the service.

Members of the community are also invited to a traditional candlelight Christmas Eve service at the church at 8 p.m.

The building is fully accessible and is located at the corner of State Route 48 and County Route 8, one block south of the Stewarts Shop, midway between Oswego and Fulton, in the village of Minetto.

For more information about programs and services, call 343-3465 or visit http://www.MinettoUMC.org/

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