Monadnock church's nativity goes live despite snowstorm
RINDGE — The night air was bitter cold and the forecasted winter storm snowfall had begun, but Monadnock Bible Baptist Church youth held their live nativity at the church Saturday night despite the weather.
"It's not all about Santa Claus. It's about that one child that did it all," said 11-year-old Patrick Blair, who played a shepherd boy.
Other church youth played angels, Roman soldiers and the holy family.
It was the 19-year-old church's fifth annual live nativity event for the community, said Pastor Tom Peragallo.
"It started out primarily as an activity for the teens, and there are still a lot of them involved in it," Peragallo said, though now several adults are involved as well. "It tends to grow a little bit each year."
Church member James Mangum, who guided tours through the snowy Bethlehem to the manger, said the church holds the nativity events to share the Good News with the entire community.
Peragallo said turnout is usually larger, and the winter storm had its effect on attendance, however, 30 minutes into the event the church hall was full and bustling with church members serving up hot soup to people who had gone through the tour so far.
Charter church member Diane Adams said this was her first time attending.
"I thought it was great. I really did. And I just think the message brought glory to God, and that's what I think what they tried to convey. The whole message is about salvation," Adams said. "I just hope people received it well and come back again next year."