CARLSTADT, N.J. — A church in Carlstadt is bringing the holiday season alive with its annual living Nativity.
Carlstadt First Presbyterian Church will have children performing with live animals on, Sun. Nov. 29, starting at 6 p.m., rain or shine, in the courtyard.
“We're making it live and that is a really special thing for the Advent season,” said the Rev. Donald Pitches. “The children get dressed up and they perform with the animals, and it is a show for the whole community - not just for the kids.”
The event was started years ago by parents and teachers looking for ways that their youngsters could get involved with and better understand the stories behind the holiday season.
Attendees are invited to pet the animals afterwards Refreshments are free of charge, but the parish requests that all bring canned pet food, as well as sheets, blankets, and newspapers as donations for animals in local shelters.
Pitches has seen the changing demographics of the area over the past 30 years but believes this event will help the church keep tradition as it approaches its 150th anniversary next year.