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Local Church Brings Life to Nativity Scene

December 22, 2018

TEWKSBURY -- The Lowell Assembly of God is once again bringing the story of baby Jesus to life with a living Nativity Sunday.

As part of both services that day, live animals will be paraded into the church, followed by a petting zoo.

Pastor Caitlyn Harper said it is a wonderful opportunity for people to see their production entitled “The Star.” There will be a service at 8:30 a.m. and another at 10:30 a.m. Each will be followed by an indoor petting zoo experience at the church located at 995 Andover St.

“The basic idea is to spend time with your friends and family and the kids really love all the different animals,” Harper said.

Goats and sheep will be paraded into the service as part of the production. Afterward there will be an indoor petting zoo, with additional animals, including ducks, chicks, chickens, pigs and bunnies. Outside the church this year will be a donkey, llama and cow.

“Those are animals people can see when they drive up, so as soon as people come, they’ll be able to pet animals before they even get into the building,” Harper said.

Families enjoyed the interactive nature of last year’s holiday service and it provided an opportunity for kids to see animals they don’t typically see.

“If you’re looking for a Christmas tradition to see the story of Jesus coming to earth with live animals, this will be the opportunity for your family to do it,” she said. “It’s fun and it’s engaging. It’s not everyday you can meet these different types of animals.”

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