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Preschoolers “Journey to Bethlehem”

December 26, 2018
The Town Crier

The children at Austintown Community Church Preschool Childcare Center went on a "Journey to Bethlehem" on Dec. 12 and 13 to hear the good news about Jesus' birth.

This annual, interactive play is put on by parent and church member volunteers. The roles played by the volunteers include an angel, an inn keeper, shepherds, three wisemen, Mary, Joseph and of course baby Jesus.

The staff at A.C.C. transform the upstairs hallway into several scenes in order to replicate the long journey that Mary and Joseph took to Bethlehem.

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The Noah’s Ark Class (3-year-olds) at Austintown Community Church Preschool Childcare Center visit the Nativity scene during the Journey to Bethlehem on Thursday, Dec. 13.

On their journey, they first met the angel (Linda Barnot) and Mary (Brittany DeVito and Kara Kuhns) and heard the angel tell Mary that she was going to have a baby and that he must be named Jesus. The children then proceeded to the inn where they heard the inn keeper (Butch Shood) explain that he had no room for Mary and Joseph but that they could stay in a stable. Looking for the stable, the children met some shepherds (Miriam Holden, Jamie Himes, Linda Michaels and Karolyn Kopcial). The shepherds told them to follow the star. As the children were looking for the star and the stable, they ran into three wisemen (John Fielding, Joshua Warnock, Rebecca Warnock and Linda Michaels) who spoke about the gifts they were bringing to baby Jesus. As the children proceeded on their journey the shepherds and the wisemen walked with them until they all saw a shimmering star. When the door was opened, the children saw the Nativity scene which consisted of Mary (Brittany DeVito and Kara Kuhns) and Joseph (Alan Williams) and baby Jesus (Patrick DeVito and Logan Kuhns). The children were asked, "What gift did they bring?" The children then sang the song "Little Baby Jesus" as their gift.

This event is put on annually for the children attending A.C.C. Preschool to help enhance their spiritual growth and understanding of Jesus' birth. It is also meant to bring hope, peace, joy, and love to all and to remind us what Christmas is all about.



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