BRACEVILLE - For the fourth time, the Braceville Christian Church shared the story of the birth of Jesus Christ in a drive-through live nativity that concluded Sunday.
''We enjoy it,'' said Pastor Jon Pratt. ''It takes about 60 people to put this on, which is a large part of our congregation.''
The nativity this year had six scenes that covered from the creation of sin in the Garden of Eden, ''creating the need for the savior to be born,'' Pratt said; the angel appearing before Mary, which is new this year; the shepherds hearing of Jesus' birth; Mary, Joseph and Jesus in the manger; to the house where the Wise Men arrive. It ended with the cross and the lamb, ''Jesus being the lamb of God that takes away the sin,'' Pratt said
At each of the scenes, a recording played a part of the story with church members, who rotated in every 30 minutes, portraying the scene. The nativity also included animals.
Over the two-day span, 78 vehicles containing 250 people came through the nativity. Afterwards, visitors could enjoy soup, hot chocolate and cookies inside the church.
Kristen Luchka of Brimfield, who attended with her husband, Steve and their children, Ethan, 12, Ettalynn, 2 and Abigail, 11 months, said this was the family's first experience with a living nativity.
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Bailey Tennant, 14, of Braceville, left, and Jonathan Sanders, 14, of Warren Township, right, portray Mary and Joseph in the manger during a drive-through live nativity scene at the Braceville Christian Church. In its fourth year, the drive-through this year featured six scenes that told the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Afterward, visitors could get soup, hot chocolate and cookies inside the church.
''It was nice having the audio with it,'' she said.
Another family, Gerald and Lisa Lelesch and their two children, Stephen, 16, and Anna, 14, of Leavittsburg, say they attended for the ''reason for the season,'' which is the birth of Jesus Christ, not the commercial side of Christmas.
''It gives you that holiday spirit,'' Gerald Lelesch said.
''Whenever we find a church like this that has this, we come to it every year,'' said Anna Lelesch.