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Wood County Christian School, Tunnel church bring nativity to life

The Tunnel United Methodist Church Saturday held a live nativity of the story of Jesus’ birth. This is the seventh year Tunnel United Methodist has held its drive-thru nativity for the community to enjoy and reconnect with the story of Christ’s birth. From left, Faith Weyant as Mary and Garett Coffman as Joseph tell those who traveled to the church. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

MARIETTA — Many in the Mid-Ohio Valley community enjoyed live nativities Saturday evening. Two groups hosted drive through nativities.

At Tunnel United Methodist Church, people could drive through scenes, meeting the inn keeper, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and wise men, who were portrayed by members of the church.

This is the seventh year for the event.

“Each year is different, but this year, I think we had 12 (kids participating),” said Myla Mitchem, director of youth at Tunnel United Methodist Church.

Those participating were in full costume with mics and face shields.

Wood County Christian School held a live nativity Saturday night in place of its regular Christmas program. Those driving through could listen to pre-recorded music by the choir on the car radio while enjoying the lit scenes. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

She said most of the kids are from the church’s youth groups, which haven’t been able to meet because of COVID.

At each setting, the people would introduce who they were portraying and share with the car of people a brief portion of their story and the role they played during Jesus’ birth.

“We can’t go Christmas caroling this year as usual,” Mitchem said. “There are so many things people can’t do, but people can stay in the car and not worry about being exposed.”

Across the river in Williamstown, Wood County Christian School also hosted a live nativity, in place of their regular Christmas Program.

Students with Wood County Christian School dressed in full costumes to portray different characters from the story of Jesus’ birth Saturday night. According to school officials, an estimated 800 cars showed up to drive around their campus, enjoy the scenes and listen to pre-recorded traditional Christmas Carols sung by their childrens choir.

Students with Wood County Christian School dressed in full costumes to portray different characters from the story of Jesus’ birth Saturday night. According to school officials, an estimated 800 cars showed up to drive around their campus, enjoy the scenes and listen to pre-recorded traditional Christmas Carols sung by their childrens choir. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

“It was an excellent turn out; we were thrilled,” said Alana Cunningham, secondary supervisor with Wood County Christian School.

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