Stepping outside the box, and outside the building, Faith United Methodist Church will hold a live Nativity scene on the church lawn from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20.

The display at 1531 Hughitt Ave. will include a cow, pony, sheep, donkey, bunnies and even an alpaca.

Everyone is invited to drive past for cookies, hot chocolate and a view of the scene. Cars will enter Hughitt Avenue from Belknap Street and receive a welcome in front of the community garden area. Participants will be able to turn their radio to a station being transmitted from the church featuring the Christmas story and a song.

“Christmas is all about God reaching out to us, and thus, us reaching out to others with the joyful good news we receive at Christmas of Emmanuel, which means ‘God-with-us’,” Pastor Joel Certa-Werner said. “In the throes of everyday life, but especially as we struggle with the realities of COVID, that God is right here, with us, and empowering us to live the best life possible.”

Those who want to pet the animals will receive a number and can park in the church lot. Attendees will be guided to the animals by family. This is a new event for the congregation, put on by the children's ministries team of Faith Church, under the direction of Justin Knudson.

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“I find it interesting that Christmas is celebrated during the darkest time of the year, bringing a time of light and hope,” Certa-Werner said. “Jesus continues to break into the dark times of our lives bringing light and hope, joy and peace; all the themes of Christmas. Our hope is that our community of Superior would be encouraged by this Christmas experience, and may remind everyone that the central celebration is all about Jesus, and how amazing that gift really is.”

A sheep from the Hankins farm in Solon Springs will be one of the animals visitors can spot in the live Nativity scene at Faith United Methodist Church, 1531 Hughitt Ave., on Dec. 20. (Courtesy of Joel Certa-Werner)
A sheep from the Hankins farm in Solon Springs will be one of the animals visitors can spot in the live Nativity scene at Faith United Methodist Church, 1531 Hughitt Ave., on Dec. 20. (Courtesy of Joel Certa-Werner)