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Fort Macleod church to host display of more than 100 nativity scenes


More than 100 nativity displays will be available for public viewing from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. People are invited to loan their creches for display.

Fort Macleod residents are invited to loan their nativity displays this week to a new community event.
More than 100 nativity displays, or creches, will be on exhibit Thursday, Dec. 10 and Friday, Dec. 11.
“We’ll have over 100 displays at least,” said David Orr, one of the organizers. “Hopefully there will be some others that come out.”
The nativity displays will be available for viewing from 6-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 643 20th St.
Creches of all shapes and sizes and complexity will be displayed in the gymnasium surrounded by Christmas decorations and music with a short nativity re-enactment movie playing at repeating intervals.
There is no formal presentation and people are invited to come and go as they please, taking time to enjoy refreshments and visit.
“It’s non-threatening, there’s no messages, there’s no planned program,” Orr said. “It’s a place where we can all come together and share each other’s collective faith. I’m hoping it will build and become a real community event we can look forward to from year to year.”
Nativity displays have been held at Lethbridge, attracting thousands of people.
The idea has also worked successfully in communities such as Claresholm and Cardston.
Orr’s church has arranged for more than 100 creches to be displayed, but has extended invitations through other churches to have people loan their nativity displays.
“I can appreciate that people might want to wait and see what it’s like, first,” Orr said. “People’s creche displays, some of them are quite precious and they have quite a story to them. They’ve got to feel comfortable that they are going to be safe, and that they will be respected.”
People are invited to set up their own nativity displays, and the church will have people on hand during viewing hours whose job it is to supervise.
To also ensure the protection of the displays, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied and supervised closely by someone responsible.
People are encouraged to write out the story behind their creche to share with the public if they choose.
“They are interesting,” Orr said of nativity displays, which come in many shapes, sizes and styles. “It would be interesting to see creches from different parts of the world.”
Orr is hopeful the event will serve as a time and a place where people can celebrate the season together and come to understand what they have in common regarding their faith in Jesus Christ.
“The intent is for it to be a casual evening,” Orr said. “People can come and go as they please.”
“We’ve organized it this time, but I would like it to become a community event. I’m hopeful it will become an annual event.”
If you would like to display your creche phone David Orr at 403-553-3983.