'Tis the season for remembering where our hearts and minds should focus more often—on our Saviour whose birth on earth is reverenced and celebrated by Christians around the world.
To focus upon this wonderful and special time of year, numerous wards of the Church put on nativity events for their members and their communities. Outdoor nativity pageants were performed that included live performers, animals and music to depict the birth of Jesus. These, often annual, events bring thousands of people to enjoy a message on the true meaning and joy of Christmas. One such event has been performed by members in Victoria, BC for 28 years and also included indoor displays of hundreds of nativity sets. This event continues with the Sidney ward and was featured on our website earlier this month:
Another event re-enacted a night in the city of Bethlehem at the time of Christ's birth. This year members of a ward in Colbourg, Ontario began celebrating the Christmas season early in December as they presented their 10th annual two-evening event on this theme.
The evening began with a musical program featuring ward members along with a handbell choir from the local Trinity United Church. The junior youth handbell choir performed on the first night and the adult group performed on the second.
Following the musical presentation, the audience was invited to view the largest display of nativity scenes in Northumberland County. A total of 306 nativity scenes were set up in the cultural hall and throughout the building. Nativities came from countries all over the world, including Chile, Germany, Kenya and Peru, and were loaned to the event by local Church members. Others were fashioned by local artisans.
After they viewed the nativities, guests mingled and enjoyed refreshments in an area that had been decorated to look like a Bethlehem market.
The worldwide Church’s Christmas initiative, A Savior Is Born, focuses on finding, knowing and following the teachings of Jesus Christ during this time when Christians worldwide celebrate His birth.