Middleville Baptist invites community to take a trip through Bethlehem


MIDDLEVILLE—The holiday season is upon us and soon individuals will begin Christmas preparations, but one local church is offering folks a way to remember the true reason for the season.

For years, Middleville Baptist Church has been welcoming residents and guests to their annual Live Christmas Nativity, which features scenes straight from the pages of the bible.

“This year, we will once again be offering the event and are hopeful that individuals will come visit us,” said church member Jennifer Biller. “Celebrate the Christmas season with a drive through Bethlehem.”

According to organizers, the event provides families with a way to take a few moments to really reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, allowing time for reflection on the special day.

This year’s drive through will offer seven biblical scenes depicting the story of the savior Jesus Christ’s birth, the true reason for the celebration of Christmas, according to Biller.

“We will also have a live marketplace where visitors can catch a glimpse of live animals being led through the city streets, a carpenter hard at work and children gathered around the fire,” revealed Biller. 

Church members will be dressed in costumes that transform them into characters such as the angel Gabriel, the three wise men, Mary, Joseph and more.

“It’s the Christmas story come alive,” voiced event coordinator Gina Sharp. “It is such a unique opportunity for us at Middleville Baptist to portray the events that led up to the birth of Christ.”

“We start preparation for the live nativity weeks in advance, and it takes the whole church participating to make it a success,” she added.

Sharp shared that the drive through live nativity has become a tradition for many families throughout the years.

“The nativity provides a way for us to be a witness to our community for Christ,” she voiced. “Middleville Baptist Church is thrilled to share the hope, love and joy that only Jesus can bring, and that is the best Christmas gift that anyone will ever receive.”

This year’s tour of Bethlehem will take place on Saturday December 11 and Sunday, December 12, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Visitors can take in the sights and sounds free of charge, and what’s better is they never have to leave the comfort or warmth of their vehicles.

Middleville Baptist Church is located at 1327 Middleville Road, Bridgeport, just one mile off of U.S. Route 50.

For more information, please contact Sharps by phone at 304-276-0572 or Biller at 304-669-9993.

“We hope that you will come and join us for a trip through Bethlehem,” Biller imparted. “Come and learn about the birth of our Lord and savior.”

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