Hessel Church Presents
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
Get into the festive spirit with a heartwarming and hilarious theatrical adaptation of Barbara Robinson's beloved Christmas classic.
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is a delightful journey that begins as the unconventional Herdman kids, renowned troublemakers, descend upon the annual church Christmas pageant. What may seem like chaos quickly transforms into a touching display of the gospel message. Their unique take on the holiday story not only brings unexpected laughter but also offers a fresh and profound perspective on the true meaning of Christmas. Through their antics and change of heart, we discover the life-changing message of Christmas.
This year, we are delighted to announce our partnership with Grace Christian Academy and their theater arts program to bring you a funny & heartwarming Christmas show. The children involved are so excited as they prepare to present this Christmas performance, and we believe it's the perfect way to kickstart your Holiday season.
Friday, December 8th, 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 9th, 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 9th, 6:00 PM
Sunday, December 10th, 2:00 PM
Bring your family and friends to this unforgettable holiday production. Reserve your seats for a memorable evening or matinee performance of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." Don't miss out on this heartwarming holiday tradition!
The Christmas Story
Humanity's Need for a Savior:
From the beginning of time, humanity had been separated from God due to sin. The prophets of old foretold the coming of a Messiah, a Savior, who would bridge the gap between God and man, offering redemption and restoring the broken relationship. The world waited with bated breath for this promised hope.
The Birth of Jesus Foretold:
The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a young woman named Mary, who was betrothed to a man named Joseph. Gabriel announced to Mary that she would conceive and give birth to a son, and she was to name him Jesus. He would be great and would be called the Son of the Most High. Mary wondered how this could be since she was a virgin, but the angel assured her that with God, nothing would be impossible. Mary humbly accepted, saying, "Let it be to me according to your word." (Luke 1:26-38)
Joseph, upon discovering Mary's pregnancy, considered divorcing her quietly. However, an angel appeared to him in a dream and told him not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife, for the child she carried was conceived by the Holy Spirit. The angel also instructed Joseph to name the baby Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25)
The Journey to Bethlehem and Jesus' Birth:
A decree from Caesar Augustus required all to register in their ancestral towns. Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem, Joseph's hometown. (Luke 2:1-5)
No Place to Stay:
Upon their arrival, they found no place to stay, as the inns were full. (Luke 2:7b)
The Birth of Jesus:
A decree from Caesar Augustus required everyone to be registered in their hometown. Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem, Joseph's ancestral home. While they were there, Mary gave birth to Jesus. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:6-7)
The Shepherds' Visit:
On the night of Jesus' birth, shepherds in nearby fields were visited by an angel who announced the birth of the Savior in Bethlehem. A host of angels appeared, praising God. The shepherds hurried to Bethlehem and found Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus. After seeing the baby, they spread the news about the miraculous birth. (Luke 2:8-20)
The Shepherds' See Jesus:
The shepherds hurried to Bethlehem and found Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus. After seeing the baby, they spread the news about the miraculous birth. (Luke 2:8-20)
The Visit of the Magi:
After Jesus was born, wise men (Magi) from the east saw a star and came to Jerusalem. They asked King Herod where they could find the one born "King of the Jews." Herod, feeling threatened, asked the chief priests and teachers of the law where the Messiah was to be born. They replied, "In Bethlehem." The Magi followed the star, which led them to Jesus. They worshiped him and presented gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their country by another route. (Matthew 2:1-12)