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United Churches hosting live nativity walk-through

A new Christmas tradition, born out of COVID, continues this winter. 

People from the United Churches in Maynooth and Bancroft are hosting a “live” nativity scene this weekend. 

It takes place at the home of Reverend Marilyn Zehr at 470 East Road Loop. Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m on both Saturday and Sunday, people can walk through the course and learn the famous story. 

About 20 actors, representing members of Maynooth and St. Paul’s United Churches, are staging the show. And they have help from live donkeys and goats, which Zehr says, give the presentation a magical feeling.  

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“We just want to share the story and invite people into the magic of the story,” she says. “You can’t predict how it will touch people’s hearts, but it often does.”

Zehr, who leads Maynooth United Church, said the event started in 2020 when the church wanted to run a COVID-safe Christmas event. It was such a hit, the church has continued with it.  

There’s no charge, but donations to the churches are welcome and Zehr asks that people call in advance to book a time to walk through. The number to call is 613-334-0668.

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