Summerside church to display nativity scenes

Ancelene MacKinnon
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Susan Cameron arranges the hand-knit nativity scene that was done by her late mother-in-law. That set, along with close to 40 others, will be showcased at the Summerside Presbyterian Church on Friday and Saturday for the fundraising event, 'A Walk Through Bethlehem'.

SUMMERSIDE - As Susan Cameron takes the homemade nativity scene out of a box and arranges it once again for Christmas, she can't help but think of her late mother-in-law who knitted each piece.

Cameron has collected six of the festive decorations over the years, but the most sentimental is the handmade scene done by June Cameron, who passed away this past summer.

"I know how much work was put into it, and of course now that my mother-in-law is no longer with us, it's very special. It's colourful and really beautiful.

"I had a lot of thoughts and a few tears just remembering her. She had it in her nursing home room last year. She really believed in the Christmas story," she said.

That nativity set, along with close to 40 others, will be displayed at the Summerside Presbyterian Church on the evenings of Dec. 11 and 12 from 6 until 8:30 for the fundraiser, 'A Walk Through Bethlehem'.

"It's great to have because it's a friendly way to experience the nativity, and the basis of belief. It's a nice way to see it."

Cameron said the nativity sets that will be brought in could be made of wood, ceramic, stained glass, and other materials.

"We just don't know, and that's the surprise. I'm really looking forward to it."

Collecting nativity scenes to adorn her house with is something she enjoys doing.

"The first one I had was store bought. When you're first married you don't have a lot of decorations, so for many years I had a nativity set and a Christmas tree. Now I have eight tubs of all kinds of decorations."

The meaning surrounding the nativity is important to Cameron.

"The message of the angel, 'Peace on earth. Good will to all men' is one of the most important messages to anybody, whether you believe in the nativity or not."

She said the church supports a number of causes, and it hasn't been decided where the funds from the weekend event will be going yet.

"The Circle of Joy ladies are helping to organize this, as well. They do a lot of missions in the church, and it's important to give with all that's going on in the world."

A Walk Through Bethlehem is a by-donation, drop-in event. It is for all ages, the church is wheelchair accessible, and hot cider and cookies will be served.

"We would like people to come out and enjoy it," concluded Cameron.

Anyone with a unique nativity set who would like to participate, can contact Cameron at 902-436-1171.

Organizations: Summerside Presbyterian Church

Geographic location: SUMMERSIDE, Bethlehem

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