It's a massive undertaking, with many folks serving in the scenes, directing traffic, baking cookies, greeting visitors, and sharing the gospel. This year, Yurii, Emily, and Hannah were in the cast; Nathaniel shared the gospel and handed out literature in the Fellowship Hall; and I helped dress cast members (including a VERY fun group from our Hispanic ministry, but that's another blog post in and of itself!). Kathryn had a ballet rehearsal at another church, and Amy - well - as she put it, "I'm not old enough to sit still and not talk, Mom!" Truer words were never spoken.
Here are a few fun pictures from the night. The girls were beyond thrilled to be assigned the manger scene. And Yurii. . . well, he's just a good sport, that's what he is. Especially when it was barely in the 30s, which is COLD for us Southerners!
It was all about the goats for Emily & Hannah. Don't they look happy?
It was so cold, even baby Jesus needed a handwarmer!
And final reason I love our Walk-Thru Nativity. Because, without the empty tomb. . . . . .
we would have no reason to remember the birth of a boy,
no reason to celebrate the Incarnation of a most Holy God,
and no reason to rejoice in Immanuel,
God with us.