Nativity Story Comes to Life at Trinity United Methodist Church

The story of Jesus came to life in Gulfport Friday night. Hundreds of people turned out to watch the Living Nativity show at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Noah was surrounded by animals, but this wasn't the story of the Ark. It was about the birth of Jesus.

"There are live camels and animals here, and there's a bunch of people standing around and you can pet animals," said Noah Kendrick.

Young and old alike took part in the interactive story that's centuries old. This is the first year the church has put on a Live Nativity Show.

"We really just wanted to bring this to the community remembers that Christmas is a celebration of Christ's birth. We really just want to make a lasting impression on the children, as well as the adults and families," said Holly Arnoult, a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

The nativity made quite an impression on ten-year-old Noah Kendrick. He already knew the story of the birth of Jesus, but says he learned a lot more at the show.

"The wisemen came to see the baby, there's a bunch of animals gathering around, and the wisemen gave gifts to the baby," Noah Kendrick said.

The show took four months to organize.

"We have a group of fifth and sixth grade students who are members of our Blast youth group, and the mothers were just sitting around, brainstorming, and we thought, what a great idea putting on a live nativity for our community, and the kids were behind it," said Claudia Appel, also a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Church leaders plan to make the living nativity an annual event.