Angels, shepherds, wise men or kings, a donkey, a mother goat and her two babies plus, of course, the baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph were all part of the Living Nativity hosted by Community of Hope Church Saturday evening.
Church volunteers staged Maricopa’s seventh annual event at the church, located at 18700 N. Porter Rd., adjacent to Pacana Park.
While carolers sang, the story of Christ’s birth was presented on a rotating basis several times between 5 and 8 p.m. In between each staging and the accompanying narration, adults chatted while children could pet the tethered animals.
“Do you fink we could pet the baby goats?” asked one young man, who was missing his front two baby teeth. “They’re on a weash after all,” he lisped.
Guests were treated to hot chocolate, apple cider and Christmas cookies. Children were able to visit a craft table to make a take-home project, a Nativity scene door hanger.
Community of Hope members and Pastor Rusty Akers present the Living Nativity each year to bring the community together to celebrate the holiday season with a reenactment of the night Christ was born. According to the scriptures, a host of angels were present, as well as wise men bearing three gifts. In fact no one knows how many wise men were in attendance.
“The living nativity is our Christmas gift to the community of Maricopa,” says Akers.
Photo by Joyce Hollis