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This is What Churches Are Doing to Share the Christmas Story This Year

After having to cancel their annual “hanging of the greens” service, members of Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, decided to hold a drive-through nativity that will feature five or six stations and take place this Saturday. One hundred volunteers are participating, and Pastor Michael Tolar said the church has not held an event of this magnitude for 15 years. However, he thinks now is an excellent time to hold one. “The message of the gospel is good news even in a pandemic,” he said. “The message of Christ is good news. And we need good news right now.” 

Ron Byrd, senior pastor of Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Benson, North Carolina, said that this will be his church’s fortieth year holding a drive-through nativity. While the church did have to adapt the event because of the pandemic, the members were determined not to cancel it this year. Said Byrd, “We feel like so many things are being canceled, this is something that can be done safely and people will have an outlet to enjoy some family time at Christmas. You wouldn’t believe some of the places people come from. Many drive an hour or two just to come and do this.”

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