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Faith in Focus: Longview Baptist offers live drive-thru nativity for third year

CorrespondentDecember 11, 2013 

Nativity scenes can be found at churches throughout the Triangle during the Christmas season. But Longview Baptist Church takes the nativity a step further. For the third year in a row, hundreds of volunteers will depict the life of Jesus from the manger to the cross in the church’s drive-thru nativity called “The Gift.”

“The title ‘The Gift’ captures the event well. It’s a gift that our congregation gives to our community,” said Dr. Randy McKinney, pastor of Longview Baptist Church. “People tend to be open to learn about the meaning of Christmas and Christianity during the Christmas season.”

In the past, the congregation held traditional live nativity events but wanted to illustrate the entire story of the life of Jesus. “Since the manger scene is really expected this time of year, we wanted to expose people to a more comprehensive understanding of the life of Jesus,” McKinney said. “We give a broad picture of the birth of this child and what he did while on earth.”

“The Gift” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec 15, at the church, 2308 New Hope Road, Raleigh. When cars arrive at the parking lot decorated with candles and luminaries, they will be greeted by costumed Roman soldiers and directed to the beginning of the nativity. Attendees will drive slowly past scenes such as depicting the birth, Jesus talking with children, meeting with his disciples and ending with the empty tomb. McKinney said that the event is very family friendly with the cross scene showing an empty cross on a hill. The event is free, and the community is invited to attend.

“This is really a great opportunity for family and friends to have conversations about Jesus and be captured by the images depicting the life of the one that we follow, Jesus,” said McKinney.

Special needs adult coffeehouse

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will have its monthly coffeehouse for special needs adults from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec 13, at the church, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh. A Christmas feast of turkey, ham and side dishes will be served. After dinner, volunteers and attendees will sing Christmas carols together. Transportation is available to this free event.

The church is also looking for additional volunteers to help with tasks such as preparing food, serving refreshments, welcoming guests, providing extra assistance to guests, transportation and cleanup. For more information, call 919-848-1573 or

Richland Creek’s Christmas worship

Richland Creek Community Church will hold its Christmas Night of Worship at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and Saturday, Dec. 14, at the church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest. The worship service is an interactive evening focused on the gospel of Jesus Christ. After the service, dessert and hot chocolate will be served. For more information, visit or call 919-556-9292.

Crossroads Fellowship Christmas Unwrapped

The community is invited to Crossroads Fellowship church’s Christmas theme park-style event Christmas Unwrapped from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the church, 2721 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. Festivities include ornament creation, games, face painting, inflatable and the Grinch i-Video experience.

The hallways of the church will be decorated, and entertainment, including Victorian carolers and bands, will be provided. Attendees can also enjoy a live nativity scene as well as carols and a candlelight service. For more information, visit or call 919-981-0222.

Hope Lutheran Church Live Nativity

Hope Lutheran Church will present a live nativity scene from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15, at the church, 3525 Rogers Road, Wake Forest.

In addition to volunteers dressed in biblical clothing, children can pet the live sheep and goats in the nativity scene.

The crèche will be set up in the traffic circle in front of the sanctuary. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 919-554-8109 or visit

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