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Presbyterian Church of Palatine Nativity Scene Comes to Life Friday

The event will include actors and live animals, entertainment, a petting zoo, and a candlelight worship service all at the church located at Palatine and Rohlwing Roads.

The Live Nativity at the Presbyterian Church of Palatine will be on display this Friday at the corner of Palatine and Rohlwing Roads.

Starting at 4:30 p.m. on December 21, members of all faiths are invited to witness the live Nativity Scene at 800 E. Palatine Road.

The event will include actors and live animals playing their part in the depiction of Christ’s birth, said Jess Bedsole, a member of the Presbyterian Church who is part of the communications ministry. 

Luminaries will light the sidewalks around the church to serve as a guide for those who attend.

“It is wonderful to watch the children in awe, and then the parents communicate the story of the nativity to their children,” said Michelle Johns, director of Christian Education.  “This is a place where people get together to share their faith and tradition with others.”  

The nativity is not the only activity to be enjoyed late Friday afternoon into early evening.

There also will be live entertainment, and a petting zoo including a camel, which Johns said has been a great attraction for children and adults alike over the last four years the Live Nativity has been displayed. 

Warm beverages and fresh baked cookies also will be provided.

“As a church we are extremely grateful for the property we have, we are committed to using this land by sharing it with our community,” Johns said.

“During this time of the year, it is a blessing to be able to share the peace and love that comes with the birth of Christ,” she said.

Guests are welcome to RSVP on Facebook, or they can simply plan to arrive that evening. 

"All are welcome," Bedsole said. 

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