Bolingbrook – The front lawn of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital was transformed to recreate the scene of Jesus’ birth in a manger in Bethlehem. Hospital employees took on the roles of Joseph, Mary, the three wise men, shepherds, angels and other characters for a living nativity event. The free 20-minute performances took place in English and Spanish Dec. 11 and 12. The event featured live animals, including a sheep, cow, camel, donkey, goats and lambs. A community choir also performed.
“The live nativity performances are a tangible way we demonstrate our mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ,” said Kathy Mitchell, the hospital’s chief nursing officer.
Hospital employees built a manger, made costumes and held rehearsals in the weeks leading up to the performance.
“Our facilities employees put so much time and effort into putting this event together,” said Herman McKenzie, administrative director, facilities services. “It truly humbled me.”
Mitchell hopes to make the performance an annual event at the hospital, which opened in January.