By KATIE JUSTICE, firstname.lastname@example.orgHope Crossings Church in Jefferson helped to remind people of the true meaning behind the holiday season with “His Story,” a live nativity held last Friday through Sunday nights.
“It’s our hope and our desire that this would bring a rebirth as to what Christmas is really about,” said Senior Pastor Chris Stephens.
On Friday, more than 75 people showed up for the first of the three nightly showings.
“We’ve got so many more people here tonight then the first show last year,” said Stephens.
“It’s not about the shopping and the presents. It’s about Christ,” said Stephens, of the church’s second year presenting a live nativity.
For mom Beverly Coker, a drive searching for Christmas lights with her 5-year-old son led her to the scene.
“I saw the setup and thought we have to go see that,” said Coker. “I want him to see the story of Christmas, not just Santa Claus. Nobody does that any more.”
Sara Moore and her family heard about the live nativity from some friends. “We hadn’t done this and though it was a good opportunity,” said Moore.
“His Story” began in Bethlehem with the innkeeper’s son building a manger and the arrival of Mary and Joseph who had nowhere to stay but in the innkeeper’s stable. From there, the story of the birth of Jesus unfolded, with narration and music accompanying the church members’ presentation.
“This is our gift to the community,” said Stephens.