Dec. 20 — Annual Living Nativity at First United Methodist Church

November 1, 2017

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Annual Living Nativity

 Free Community Event

First United Methodist Church of Santa Barbara

305 E Anapamu St (at Garden)

December 20, 21, 22 5:30 – 7:30pm

 For over 25 years the congregation of the First United Methodist Church has offered a beautiful seasonal gift to the community by staging a re-creation of the Holy Night for three nights just before Christmas. Under a redwood tree and adjacent to the church, a grassy area is transformed into a humble wooden stable, complete with a serene Mary, Joseph and tiny baby Jesus asleep in the manger. Three majestic kings stand by with their gifts to the Holy Child, attentive angels appear nearby, and lowly shepherds tend to their flocks. Live camels, sheep, donkeys and goats surround the manger taking in the wonder of it all. It is a silent and beautiful scene to behold.

The community is invited to join in this inspiring and meaningful celebration – it’s free!  The Living Nativity will be held for 3 nights: December 20, 21 and 22 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival style church, with its sanctuary decorated in seasonal finery, including a display of crèches from around the world on the communion rail, will be open. Docents will be available to answer questions about the building, including the historic stained glass windows.  Christmas music softly playing adds to the “awe” factor.

The First United Methodist Church of Santa Barbara is celebrating the 150thanniversary of Methodism in SB this year.  We are located at the corner of Garden and Anapamu Streets, one block from the SB Courthouse. Onsite parking is available with the parking entrance off Garden Street. For more information call 963-3579 or visit our website or


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