County Christmas returns in 2021

THE REASON FOR THE SEASON- Mary and Joseph look over the saviour born in Bethlehem during Emmanuel Baptist Church’s annual A County Christmas in 2020. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

The Christmas story will once again come to life as Emmanuel Baptist Church in Bloomfield continue what has become an annual tradition of, ‘A County Christmas’.

Again, as it was in 2020, the event will be a Drive-Thru celebration enjoyed from the comfort of your automobile. Once again, people will experience the Christmas story as they drive past ten different Christmas scenes, that include actors and live animals.

Everyone will receive a CD, or mobile audio device for those cars that don’t have CD players, so that they can listen to the story as they drive past the various scenes. There is also a book that can be read, that goes along with each scene. The entrance is at 2 Corey Street in Bloomfield, where you will receive some hot apple cider, or hot chocolate, and some goodies, before you start your journey. Then you begin by hearing the message of the prophets Isaiah and Micah who, 700 years before Jesus came, tell about the birth of a child to born King.

You will journey to Bethlehem and experience the sights and sounds of this Palestinian town south of Jerusalem. You will see the angels announce the birth to the shepherds, with their sheep, in the fields. Then go past the marketplace in Bethlehem, and see the inn where there was no room for Mary and Joseph, and see the new born Jesus wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. You will watch as the wise men visit King Herod and ask where the new born king is, and see them travel to Bethlehem and bring their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

There are sheep, donkeys, and other live animals. There is also opportunity to take part in a free draw for family Christmas baskets. Pastor Peter Spragg of Emmanuel, said that they decided to keep it as a drive-thru this year.

“We noticed that there were a lot of people last year who wouldn’t have been able to experience it, if it had been a walk thru, as it was in the past,” Spragg said.

In addition, the pandemic is still a reality, and we thought it would make people more comfortable to keep it this way for at least another year.” It all takes place on Friday December 10th and Saturday December 11th, from 6.00pm – 8.30pm, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2, Corey St., in Bloomfield. For more details you can go to the Emmanuel website at www.emmanuellife.com, or call 613 393 2234