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Littlejohn United Methodist Church

Presents for 2017
the 22nd Annual production of

"The Christmas Trail"

bringing you
the good news
that Christ is born;
Christ will come again!

2017 marks our 22nd year that Littlejohn UMC has presented the Christmas Trail. Some visitors come back year after year to "start their Christmas season off on the right foot." Some come for their first visit to experience the Christmas story they know from their Bibles. And some hear the good news for the first time ever from the characters on our trail. What a privilege we have. What a responsibility God has assigned to us.

The trail begins at our shelter where a group departs every seven minutes. There's a bonfire at the end of the trail with hot chocolate to keep you warm.

We consider this experience a unique style of worship. A guide will escort you through the woods of Lelia Tuttle Park. Some nights are chilly, so dress warmly. The mile walk is not difficult as it winds over the slightly hilly path. The pace is slow and stops often as actors portray Bible characters experiencing the first Christmas.

Watch God's plan of salvation unfold before you:

  • There's the prophet Isaiah: God says that out of Bethlehem will come a king who will rule Israel.

  • The angel who greets Mary: Fear not, Mary, for thou has found favor with God.

  • Mary's joy: My soul glorifies the Lord, and my Spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

  • Joseph's faith: To you O Lord, I lift up my soul; in You I trust, O my God.
  • Elizabeth's recognition: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the child you will bear.
  • The Roman Soldier's order: It is the decree of Caesar that all men return to the city of their tribe to register with the censor.
  • Traveler's discouragement: How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
  • The Inn Keeper's response: I have no more room. You'll have to look elsewhere.
  • The Archangel's announcement: Fear not, for I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
  • The Shepherds as they hear the news: Let us go to Bethlehem and see this that has happened, that the angel has told us about.
  • The Kings arrive: We are searching for the one who has been born King of the Jews.

  • The trail ends in our park worship center, Courtney Chapel, as a circuit rider from the early 1800's reads the first chapter of the Gospel of John.

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