A Christmas Experience in Montgomery
MONTGOMERY – A Christmas Drive-Thru Experience in Montgomery was held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at New Covenant Assembly of God located on Pinchtown Road in Montgomery.
Without leaving the vehicles, and with no admission price, visitors were able to see wise men begin their journey as they followed the special star, and hear angels give instructions to the shepherds as the procession of cars made their way through the marketplace to the stable beneath the inn. There were small gifts for the first 100 cars. Around ninety members of the congregation from all ages participated in the Christmas Drive-Thru Experience.
It was a moon-lit night and the smell of wood permeated the area which added to the experience.
About 80 volunteers from the congregation gathered together to put this interactive event for the public to depict stories from the Bible such as the Last Supper and Christ’s ascension into Heaven. This annual tradition started 15 years ago according to Pastor Jim Pentz from Montgomery. “We decided that if people could stay in their cars and drive through, it would be more effective for the community to see the story,” he said.
Stations were set up along Pichtown Road over the weekend and staffed by church members who were dressed up as wise men and other Biblical figures. Live animals and “Roman Guards” came up to the vehicles to greet them and direct them to the inn and the nativity.
It takes a massive amount of work to produce this event according to Pastor Pentz. “The congregation does support this event with enthusiasm,” he added. And some people have made this a family tradition over the years.