For some youth at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Denver, it was not only the "best Christmas pageant ever," it was their first.
At this small multicultural congregation, many of the children were new to Sunday school and unfamiliar with the pageant.
So November was spent learning the traditional Christmas story with flannelgraph, books and art projects.
During Advent the youth borrowed costumes from Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver, and acted out the story.
They also took photos of the scenes. A week before the program, the group looked at the slides and reviewed the story.
The day of the pageant, the children sang Away in a Manger, The Little Drummer Boy, Silent Night and other familiar songs.
Two youth narrated the story while the slides were projected on a screen in the chancel.
"The growth in faith and understanding that occurred during our program was amazing," said Dena Williams, an intern pastor at Good Shepherd. "This is one of the most rewarding learning experiences I have ever witnessed.
"The project was effective for all age groups. And we had so much fun."
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