The first reenactment of the Nativity dates back nearly 800 years – to the year 1223 – when St. Francis of Assisi brought the story of the birth of Jesus Christ to life in Greccio, Italy. St. Francis, a Catholic deacon and the patron saint of animals, used people, animals and carved figurines to tell the Christmas story.
On Dec. 20, about 50 members of the First United Methodist Church in Baldwinsville will do the same thing using animals, actors, scenery and costumes. Scenes will include Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, their encounter at the inn, the angels’ visit to shepherds in the field, the manger where Jesus was born and the travels of the three Wise Men.
Using the Christmas story as it is told in the Biblical gospels of Matthew and Luke, the church’s Live Nativity will appeal to those familiar with the Christmas story as well as those who may be seeing and hearing it for the first time. The reenactment will take place outside the church, regardless of the weather.
Inside the church at 17 W. Genesee St., Baldwinsville, visitors can warm up with live Christmas music and refreshments at the Caroling Cafe.
The event is 3 to 5:30 p.m., and everything is free including refreshments. For more information, visit www.bvillefirstumc.org or call the church office at 635-6442.