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Journey to the Manger
November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This year’s “Journey to the Manger” event has been moved to the Tri-State Exhibition Center due to expected rain showers Thursday through the weekend.
The living Nativity scene, which is sponsored by Westwood Baptist Church, Mount Olive Ministries and Mark Swank of the Church of God International Offices, will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday, according to event co-organizer Bruce Hill, worship pastor at Westwood.
Mount Olive Ministries senior pastor James Sears and Westwood senior pastor Steven Smartt are also co-organizers for the annual event, which is in its fourth year.
Hill said the living Nativity scene will be held indoors to allow everyone to enjoy the experience.
“Because of the threat of rain, we decided to move to Tri-State,” Hill said. “It’s covered and no one will get wet.”
Hill said the event is for everyone to enjoy.
“Everyone is encouraged to come out,” Hill said. “It’s a free gift to the city.”
Surrounding Mary, Joseph and the Christ child will be a menagerie including camels, goats, sheep, llamas and donkeys.
There will also be a petting zoo, featuring the animals.
“Kids really love the petting zoo,” Hill said. “Lots of people like to take pictures with the animals.”
There will be plenty of music during the event, with choirs from Mayfield, Stuart Charleston, Parkview and Prospect Elementary Schools choirs each singing.
Also performing at the event will be choirs from Miss Carroll’s Pre-School, Tennessee Christian Preparatory School, Ocoee Middle School, Cleveland Middle School, Bradley Central High School, Cleveland High School and Walker Valley High School.
The choirs from Westwood and Mount Olive, as well as the United Christian Academy Band will be performing.
Hot chocolate and warm cookies served by students from Goal Academy will be served to all attendees, which numbered approximately 8,000 people last year, Hill said.
Hill said the churches have been crucial to the event’s success.
“It’s great the churches can all come together to organize the event,” Hill said.
In addition, Hill said he and the organizers were grateful for the support from the community and local businesses.