St. James Lutheran Church held a live nativity walk December 1-3. People were invited to see all of the different parts of the nativity story acted out in eight different segments. Those visiting were able to interact with the characters and be a part of the story as well.
Not only church members, but people in the community came in to St. James Lutheran Church for this nativity walk. Upon arrival, attendees were asked to fill out a “census” and were given fake coins to pay taxes to Caesar for an interactive portion of the walk.
They got the idea to put on this event after their pastor, William Lahrman, visited a Lutheran church in Michigan that did something very similar. After hearing about it, Babb knew she wanted this to be something that St. James Lutheran Church would do for Christmas this year. She was put in charge of organizing the whole event, and Pastor Lahrman designed the sets.
Those involved in this nativity walk were very passionate about what they were getting to do and took their roles seriously. Eva Dennis acted as a vendor in the marketplace that visitors get to walk though. She said she has had a lot of fun getting to act alongside others in the church.
“We hope, as people come through and view all of the different scenes, that we’ll touch their hearts,” Jon Willmann, who played the role of the innkeeper, said.
Both Willman and Babb said they hope this event not only helps those who are already believers to understand the story better and strengthen their faith, but that non-believers will feel open to ask questions and want to learn more.