The Christmas Story comes to life at the Windber Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.
“This is the first time we are having a live nativity," said Dee Fisher, the project's chairwoman. "We are trying to make it a community-oriented event, so we are inviting people to drive past the nativity and then park in the rear lot to come in to join us for caroling. We will also have refreshments in the vestibule, cookies and punch.” Visitors are to enter via the Stockholm Ave entrance of the parking lot and exit via the Veil Ave exit.
Fisher said she came up with the idea when she read about a Westmont Church having the live nativity.
“I took the idea to the administrative board and the pastor, who really embraced it," she said. "They left it in my hands and I asked people if they would help and the answer was yes.” ¿¿Fisher said this year would be their trial run.
“We hope to grow this and have it every year.” She added that as part of the program, “a prophet will announce that prophecy dating hundreds of years ago has come to pass.”
The youth group of Calvary, Really Outrageous Christian Kids (ROCK) will portray Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and an angel. Men from the church have built a stable, which will be erected this weekend.
“We will have hay,” she said. “I am still looking for live animals, a goat or a sheep or even a big fluffy dog. Having a donkey would be outstanding but that would be pushing my luck.”
Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas, she added.