True Meaning of Christmas
First Baptist Church of Sistersville held a live Nativity scene to usher in the reason for the season.
“The Nativity portrays the first Christmas,” Pastor Darrell Mayfield said. “We’re trying to keep Christ in Christmas.”
Frigid temperatures did not deter more than two dozen people who attended Saturday evening’s service outside the church on Wells Street downtown. The Nativity was the church’s first live scene in many years. Tyler County Commissioner Eric Vincent read the story about how Mary and Joseph came to little town called Bethlehem.
Unable to find a room at the inn, the couple settled on, well, a stable where the Jesus was born. The rest, as they say, is history.
“I just think it is the season to remember the birth of Christ,” said Lori Helmick of Sisterville. “I love a live Nativity.”
A donkey and goats were present for Saturday’s service along with three wise men and a few shepherds.
“I had fun,” said Wes Stewart, a wise man, who had never been in a live Nativity scene. “I did this because it gave me a chance to participate in a church function for the community. And I’d do it again next year.”