Liberty Baptist Church in Toccoa welcomed hundreds of visitors to its recent live outdoor Nativity, but the church didn’t stop there. Church members dressed as biblical characters portrayed a series of scenes from the Bible telling the story of Christ’s birth, life, death, and resurrection.
The outdoor drive-thru event “From the Cradle to the Cross” was held at the church in Toccoa on Sunday, Dec. 19. Pastor Stacy Penland says close to 400 vehicles passed through the display during the two-hour event.
Visitors were greeted with fresh homemade bread and hot chocolate as they drove through the ‘marketplace’ on their way to the Nativity. From the manger scene depicting Christ’s birth in Bethlehem to the final scene showing his ascension into heaven, each setting had signs with scripture explaining to visitors what was being portrayed. The church also set up a transmitter so that visitors could tune into their car radios and hear Penland share the story of Jesus’ life.
This was the second year in a row Liberty Baptist has held this event. Penland says he was pleased with the turnout. For those who attended it was a good reminder that for all of its secular fun and excitement, Christmas still remains one of the most sacred events on the Christan calendar.