10th Annual Live Nativity


The 10th Annual Live Nativity at Starkdale Presbyterian Church in Wintersville is scheduled for December 12th, 2021, with six (6) presentations repeated every half-hour starting at 5:00 pm, with the final one beginning at 7:30 pm. The Live Nativity is an indoor/outdoor production about the birth of Jesus, followed by an opportunity to pet the animals, meet the cast, and enjoy refreshments in the Fellowship Hall. The Pastor of Starkdale, Rev. Carl Moore, will also be present to welcome and visit with guests in the Fellowship Hall. This is one of the church’s ways of sharing the gift of Jesus Christ to the community during the Christmas season.

The journey begins at the Bethlehem Inn (indoors) where guests are greeted by the Inn Keepers. They explain that they have no room at the Inn due to Caesar Augustus’ order that each person must register in his hometown for the census. They will explain that they just turned away a young couple, who is expecting a child. Along with the Inn Keepers, Centurion Guards and Tax Collectors will be on hand to make sure every person registers and pays taxes, per order of Caesar Augustus.

The guests are summoned by a Shepherd and led through the streets of Bethlehem (the church hallway) and into a field (Church Sanctuary) where another Shepherd begins the narration of the birth of Christ. An angel appears to the crowd and sings, “Mary Did You Know?” and is then joined by a myriad of angels (Starkdale Choir) with heavenly voices.

The guests are then led outside to the Nativity Scene of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. Angels, shepherds, and animals will also be at the manger. The angels will continue the narration and lead the crowd in singing Christmas Carols. The Three Kings also make an appearance as they bear gifts to all the guests in attendance. After the Nativity Scene has concluded, the guests are led to the fellowship hall (indoors) and treated to homemade cookies and hot drinks prepared by the Starkdale Congregation.

A shuttle van service and additional parking will be available in the parking lot of the former Riesbeck’s Food Market to accommodate all guests. For more information about the presentations or other Starkdale activities, please feel free to contact the church office at (740) 264-5309 or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StarkdalePresbyterianChurch.