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Christmas events coming up for children and families

The Christmas Angel reads the Biblical Christmas story to children at the 2017 Breakfast with the Christmas Angel. Theactivityreturns at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

Parents have a choice of Christmas programs for children Saturday with the 14th Annual Breakfast with the Christmas Angel, a Happy Birthday Jesus Party and a family event in Milton.

The Christmas Angel at First Presbyterian Church, 700 Central Ave., began to replace the former Breakfast with Santa in Connersville that members of the church remembered from many years ago. Members started the program to teach children the Biblical meaning of Christmas.

“It’s meaningful for everyone – the children, their parents and for us,” said Kathie Matney, one of the event founders. “We look forward to the day as much as the children do.”

The 90-minute activity begins at 9:30 a.m. with breakfast. Then children will build an angel craft which they can take home.

The Christmas Angel will tell the Christmas story. Everyone will sing Christmas songs.

The children will take home a Good News Bag with items including a blue cloth to remember Jesus’ mother Mary, wood to remember Jesus’ father Joseph, a carpenter, hay to remind the children of the manger, sheep’s wool for the shepherds who visited Jesus’ manger and a star that drew wise men to Bethlehem.

“It’s so much fun to see the excitement in the children’s faces,” said Susie Rogers, co-founder. “When the angel tells the story, you can tell they’re really listening.”

Children must be accompanied by an adult, who will need a ticket. Tickets must be purchased in advance for $5 by calling the church office today or Thursday at 765-825-4189 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

At Western Avenue Baptist Church, children will have a Happy Birthday Jesus Party at 10 a.m.

Children will learn about Jesus’ life and ministry. They will visit seven learning stations to hear about the announcement of Jesus’ birth, his early years, baptism that began his ministry, the choosing of the 12 disciples, feeding the 5,000, the reason for his death and his resurrection and coming return.

Songs will be sung and they will play games. Then the children will have a lunch of hot dogs, sliced apples and chips.

Parents should drop off and pick up children at the church’s back door, 2800 Iowa Ave.

For information, call 765-825-4461 or 765-825-3226.

At A Walk in Bethlehem at the Milton Christian Church, 307 S. Central Ave. (Indiana 1), Milton, families can get a sense of what night of Jesus’ birth might have been like.

Visit shops and talk with people of Bethlehem to learn their experiences as the star appeared and shepherds asked to see the newborn baby. 

The walk will be inside in the church basement from 5-7 p.m. this Saturday and on Dec. 15.