Eight-foot-tall camels and more at drive-thru nativity scene in Oak Ridge

Nine churches in Oak Ridge have decided to create their first-ever combined Drive-Thru Nativity.
Published: Dec. 16, 2020 at 3:51 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 16, 2020 at 6:13 PM EST
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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) - When a church has to cancel its traditional indoor Christmas pageant, and most people are staying away from crowds during the pandemic, how do you bring back a little Christmas tradition and cheer? Nine churches in Oak Ridge have decided to create their first-ever combined Drive-Thru Nativity.

Senior Pastor Rory Naeve of the First Baptist Church said the idea came together during a virtual meeting of pastors around the community. They felt a need to bring the Christmas message plus a caring spirit to the community. “Right now I think everyone is feeling discouraged and down. Many of us are not able to see our families. And the one thing that we can be reminded of is God’s presence with us even in the hardest of times.”

While Naeve’s congregation is decorating eight-foot-tall camels for their portion of the Christmas story, another church across the road is creating a Christmas at-home scene, and yet another will create the manger scene with baby Jesus.

The entire event is free to the public, on Saturday night, December 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event begins outside First Christian Church at 100 Gum Hollow Road, on the west end of Oak Ridge, just off the Oak Ridge Turnpike.

Learn more about it here.

At the first church location, drivers will receive a printed guide with mapped locations of the next eight churches in the series, all working together to tell the Christmas story. The audience can see the entire story from the safety of their cars. The event is planned, rain or shine.

Pastor Sharon Youngs with First Presbyterian Church said the churches will be collecting food to support ongoing food pantry efforts throughout the community. “One of the things that would be helpful for folks as they come through is to have some canned goods with them and to drop those off. We will use those in our food pantry here at the church.”

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