Over the past 15 years that Clarks Green Assembly of God presented its Live Nativity, the event has continued to grow and change. But what has remained the same is its status as a free gift to the community in celebration of the free gift from God to the world: His Son Jesus, born in a manger.
According to Louise Cator, church secretary, the event, which is a reenactment of Jesus' birth has always been a simple one, yet it changes from year to year.
It's morphed, she said. It's taken different shapes.
Co-organizer Cindy Sebring agreed, And in the end, it always has the same meaning.
According to church members and event planners Brad and Cindy Sebring, of Dalton, the Live Nativity includes a cast of about 20 including the choir and Pastor Glenn White Jr., who is the narrator. It also hosts a variety of live animals, such as goats, sheep, donkeys and alpacas. The animals are loaned from church members and community farms, one of which is Sunshine Farm, in New Milford, which brings the alpacas.
The church's handicapped accessible fellowship hall will be open during the entire event all three nights and beverages, coffee, cookies and hot dogs will be served. A children's craft activity will also be available. New this year is a live video stream of the outdoor Nativity, which will play on a large screen inside the fellowship hall
The Sebrings said children at previous years' events most enjoyed seeing the live animals, as well as eating the cookies.
Cator pointed out for adult attendees, what a lot of people enjoy is to see what it [the birth of Jesus Christ] might have really been like...with the straw and animals and no comfort of home.
This year's nativity is scheduled at 204 S. Abington Road, for Dec. 14, 15 and 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. Each night will include two performances, the first beginning at 7:15 and the second at 8:15.
And perhaps one of the best aspects of the event for everyone is its cost.
It's free, Cindy Sebring said, so bring a friend.