Children’s pageant on Christmas Eve

Posted By: Megan Conway

The children were the focus at one of First Plymouth church’s services on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. They told the congregation the Christmas story. Every pew at the church was packed; angels dancing, choir singing and a real baby Jesus. 

“People are gathering around the image of love and in a troubled world, what a great thing to do,” says Dr. Reverend Jim Keck.

Keck says this is a tradition the church enjoys every year. The children in the pageant range from kindergarten to sixth grade and the challenges of having children tell the story themselves is what makes it even more memorable.

“Did you see some of the funny mistakes? Where an angel is out of rhythm, it’s glorious; when a shepherd doesn’t make it to the manager,” says Keck.

The church expects around 4,000 people to come through their doors throughout the whole day, so many services will be standing room only. Like many churches, First Plymouth had nine services on Christmas Eve.

“This is such a beautiful day. There are 250 churches in Lincoln and all their doors are open,” says Keck.

First Plymouth’s last service for the day is at 11 p.m. That ceremony will be a candlelight service and will also be broadcast on television at midnight on Fox 42 if you can’t make it.