Suntree United Methodist Church Drive-Through Nativity Experience Set Dec. 11-12
By Space Coast Daily // December 1, 2020
75 volunteers will provide a look at life in Bethlehem 2,020 years ago
BREVARD COUNTY • SUNTREE, FLORIDA – Looking for a safe holiday activity? Bundle the kids in the car and head to The Nativity Experience: A Journey Through Bethlehem at Suntree United Methodist Church on Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Volunteers will provide attendees with a live-action look at life in Bethlehem 2,020 years ago as cars will wind their way through a series of lighted vignettes erected in the church parking lot at 7400 N. Wickham Road in Melbourne, where costumed actors will depict scenes from the biblical birthplace of Jesus.
For an audio narration, families can scan a QR code with their camera app, or request a CD when entering the car line. The 15-minute “journey” will conclude with a stop in front of the nativity scene, complete with live animals.
The Nativity Experience: A Journey Through Bethlehem is a free drive-through event, with donations accepted on behalf of Zoe Empowers, an organization that provides opportunities to vulnerable children in developing countries.
For more information, call 321-242-2585 or visit SuntreeUMC.org/nativity
Tanner Smith, Director of Communications for Suntree United Methodist Church, believes many families will find new ways to identify with the nativity story this year.
“In a year when so many treasured traditions had to be skipped, we are excited to offer a new and powerful way for Christian families to experience the story of the birth of Christ,” said Smith.
“Just like the Holy Family who sought shelter in Bethlehem, many of us are experiencing conflicting emotions — worried about the present, but excited for the future.”
Suntree United Methodist Church will also present a Blue Christmas service on Wednesday, December 9 at 6 p.m., for those experiencing loss or grief.
The contemplative service will feature quiet, reflective music, comforting scripture readings and the lighting of candles for loved ones.