Crown Point Church offers live nativity scene

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By Panzi Blackwell

Through the ages, the faces and sounds of Christmas have been at the traditional nativity manger scene. The songs have described the appearance of angels and the lowing of the cattle.
Over the years, in the church and Sunday school Christmas plays, the different faces around the manger have been many and of various ages. It is likely that many young children learned the names of animals such as the camels, sheep and donkeys from the representations of the manger scene.
As time has passed on, the manger scenes seem to have become less prominent and visible. Therefore, it was heartening to see the live scene portrayed on the grounds of the office of Crown Point Church, visible just off of North Kennedy Boulevard near the junction of Interstate 70 and Veterans Avenue.
The Rev. Pete LeDuc, pastor of Crown Point Church, not only invited all area churches to take part in the live nativity scene, but added that anyone was welcome to drop by, put on robe and take part in the scene.
Christmas carol CDs were played during the nightly presentations. Church choirs would also have been welcomed to sing.
The “faces” of the nativity scene, Crown Point Church members who participated, were not identified, as the focus was to be on the birth of Jesus. However, LeDuc did credit Darrell Thompson and Don Brimberry for stopping by and helping set up the stable.
He also voiced appreciation for the loan of the animals. A Mennonite family provided the sheep, the Jason Weaver family provided two goats and the camel was rented from Missouri. “We call that place ‘Cindy’s Zoo,’” LeDuc said. The young camel contentedly munched on hay while children petted her.
LeDuc also expressed appreciation for the unknown man who drove through with hot chocolate for everyone.
The nativity scene stirred memories of the days when they were portrayed in the children’s plays, and the shepherds, wisemen and Joseph were often clothed in flannel bathrobes, with towels draped around their heads. Mary would often be wearing a large white dishtowel over her hair.
But those scenes were nonetheless moving and memorable, and likely to instill in the young minds or remind older ones of the importance of the Christmas story.