In Iowa it has become cliche to say "If you build it they will come", but that is exactly what the Urbana Christian Church is hoping will occur on December 16. On the 16th the Church will be hosting a live nativity at their location at 108 E Jefferson Ave in Urbana.
"We as a church are continually looking for a way to engage with the community," Pam Gibbs the minister replied. We are a small but active congregation and we would like to make a big impact on our community. We view this as an opportunity to reach out and celebrate the season with our neighbors."
This will be the first time that the Church has planned for a live nativity with the animals. Even in a rural area, finding the right animals can be a challenge. Elder Bryan Schaeffer was quick to volunteer the use of his wife's goats. "We have three pet goats that will love the attention; as long as there are some apple slices for them at the end."
In addition to the nativity, the Church will also be handing out free hot chocolate and cookies. "Nothing makes looking at lights and the symbols of the season better than a little snack." Gibbs commented. "We've got some excellent cooks in our congregation, so I'm excited to sample a few!"
The Urbana Christian Church Live Nativity is December 16, 2023 from 6-8pm.