Live nativity continues with COVID changes

By Aubrey Turner
For the Prosper Press
Mary and Joseph sit together at the live nativity hosted by The Church of Latter Day Saints in Prosper.

The local Prosper Church of the Latter Day Saints is continuing their annual Live Nativity Scene this year.  While leaders of the congregation realized that modifications to the presentation were necessary for COVID-19 guidelines, the church recognized that this ministry is important to the community and the congregation. 

The Nativity Scene entitled “Because of Him” will be presented as a drive-through event on Saturday, December 12 from 6 - 8 pm.  The event will take place at Frontier Park, near Prosper Independent School District stadium.  

Audio will be available through a new website launching for the Nativity.  Along with live actors and the audio, activities and small treats will be available to children who attend. 

Ushers will be available to assist with traffic throughout the event.  

The annual event began in December 2014 as a project led by members of the local congregation. 

“The congregation wanted to give a gift to the community and share a remembrance of the Savior’s birth by staging a live Nativity,” Kara Schofield, Prosper Stake Assistant Director of Communication, Media Specialist said.  “Organizers volunteered their time, expertise, and resources to create a twelve-minute program that cycles over a two-hour time period, complete with holiday décor, refreshments, costumes, lighting, recorded audio, and live actors.”

The traffic flow for the live nativity event has bee provided in order to meet COVID modifications.

“During the first year, we drew approximately 250 visitors,” Schofield said.  “With nearly 1,700 visitors in 2019, it is becoming an annual tradition for many within the community.  This year we are transforming the one-night event on December 12 into a drive-through format to exercise COVID-19 pandemic precautions.  We are looking forward to continuing the tradition despite the pandemic.  We really wanted to continue to bring this to the community.  This event may look different than past years but we are excited to celebrate this with Prosper.”