The Gladeville United Methodist Church will hold its third annual living nativity Dec. 14. This year’s event will feature a live camel, in addition to other animals that have filled the manger scene in previous years.
The camel was purchased for the event by local realtor Lyndon LaFevers, who has a collection of unusual animals including zebras, a llama, fainting goats, donkeys, and a barn full of exotic chickens.
“I came across the opportunity to get this camel, and thought about it for several weeks,” said LaFevers. “The Nativity seemed like the perfect excuse to go ahead and get him.”
The camel will be near the manger scene, but will not actually be a part of it, allowing families to get close and have pictures taken after they have viewed the Nativity.
“The camel likes to roam,” said event coordinator Stuart Montgomery. “We want the main focus to be Jesus in the manger. If we try to make the camel stand in one place, it might not be good. This way works out for everybody.”
The Living Nativity is free (no donations accepted) and open to everyone.
“We get a lot of people who don’t go to church, but want to pay tribute to the true meaning of Christmas,” said Montgomery. “This is perfect for those families. It’s a moving experience, but folks can come and go as they please.”
This is an outdoor event, and is not a drive-through. Refreshments will be served inside the church, and there will be live music in the sanctuary. The Nativity will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 4-6 p.m. The church is located in Gladeville on Stewarts Ferry Pike, a quarter mile west of Route 840 Exit 70. It is between Gladeville Elementary School and the post office.