For the 18th year, Owensboro Cumberland Presbyterian Church is offering a free, drive-thru event that shares the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and the Christmas story for one weekend.
“The Greatest Gift of All” is a three-scene live nativity that includes church members dressed as angels, wise men, the innkeeper, Mary, Joseph and the shepherds who were all described in the biblical Christmas story. Live animals also play a part, including Humphrey the camel.
Owensboro Cumberland treasurer Jan Catron said that 18 years ago, she came up with the idea to offer the nativity to the community and since then, she has been the director of the event.
“It is our way to reach out to the community and remind people of the true meaning of Christmas,” Catron said.
The church is also behind the “Be Kind” signs that are scattered around town. The church fundraiser uses the donations from the signs’ purchase to fund outreach programs, including the cost of the animals for the drive-thru live nativity.
While the event is completely free, people can support it by purchasing a Be Kind sign.
The live nativity drive-thru will happen regardless of weather and will just be one scene instead of the intended three.
Visitors will receive a CD as well.
The event is open Dec. 14 and 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Owensboro Cumberland Presbyterian Church is located at 910 Booth Ave.