Living nativity at Refuge

Posted: December 7, 2012

The Winchester Star

Winchester — Refuge United Methodist Church will offer a simple reminder Saturday of the meaning of Christmas.

The church will hold a living nativity from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 717 Refuge Church Road, Stephens City, said the Rev. John Lock, pastor of Refuge and Fairview United Methodist churches.

The nativity is a simple event that usually draws 75 to 100 people but is free and open to everyone, he said. This is the third annual event.

“It is not really a rigid or formal thing,” Lock said. “We tried formal one year, and it doesn’t work for us.”

Organizers usually set up the nativity in the church’s cemetery, with a stall where live animals are kept and a manger with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Lock said.

Visitors can walk through and pet the animals and see the scene before heading into the church for refreshments and to hear the Christmas story read, he said.


For more information, call the church at 540-868-6723.

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