5:00 PM on Friday, December 2 - 7:00 PM on Saturday, December 3
Bring the whole family to experience the true meaning of Christmas and come join us for our 26th Annual Live Nativity Year! A FREE “Live Walk-Through Nativity” on Friday and Saturday evenings, December 2nd and 3rd (6 to 8PM). There will be live animals to pet and feed, Christmas carols to sing, and beautiful instrumental music at The Oroville Seventh-day Adventist Church (1180 Robinson Street, Oroville (at the corner of 2nd and Robinson). About this special event: For 25 Christmas seasons, the members and friends of the church, young and old, have worked together to create a Bethlehem scene of long ago. For 24 seasons, the local ranchers/farmers have volunteered their time and animals - sheep, goats, donkeys, horses, birds, rabbits and dogs. For 23 years, the community has supported us - nearly 15,000 people have “experienced this Christmas gift”. Roman soldiers with their horses and dogs remind us who was ruling during that time long ago. An open-air Market Place with the noise of doves and pigeons (for sacrifices) mixed with the smells of spices, fruits, handmade leather and wooden goods are on display. The walk scene then changes -- from the hustle and bustle of a Market Place into the courtyard to see the humble beginning of the Promised One, the Messiah. Sheep, goats, horses and a donkey are the audience for Mary and Joseph on that prophesied night. Shepherds, “abiding in their fields”, afraid, then amazed, when the “angels” (on the roof top) told them of Jesus’ birth in a stable in Bethlehem. Continuing the walk, the Wise men tell us, that no matter how far one has travelled, to “follow the Star” to continue following. Travelers, coming from many miles in all directions to Bethlehem, to be counted and pay their taxes due to Herod....and hear of Jesus’ birth. Entering the Sanctuary of the church brings us back to the present -- singing carols about the “Joy to the World, the Silent Night” and the adoring faithful; reciting promises of Jesus’ love for this sin-sick world…as Jesus Is The Reason for This Season. We invite you to join us, this 26th year, to experience “Our Gift to You” on Friday, December 2 at 6-8PM, and Saturday, December 3 at 6-8PM. FREE of charge. For more information, please visit http://www.orovillesdachurch.org.