A global pandemic won’t prevent Holmes United Methodist Church from sponsoring its long-running live nativity after all.
After previously announcing the event would be canceled due to concerns over COVID-19, Holmes United Pastor Rob Salmonson said Tuesday that the church will present a drive-in live nativity at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Sara Ollman, whose farm hosts the annual nativity northwest of Reynolds, came up with an idea to act out the nativity in a haymow that would be visible to spectators from their cars.
“By keeping people in their vehicles we can keep everyone safe and still tell the story of Christ’s birth as we have for over 30 years,” Salmonson said.
Spectators can watch the live nativity and listen along on the radio to a broadcast through an FM transmitter set to 88.1.
Parking lot attendants will be on site to direct vehicles to viewing locations.
In previous years, the event has expanded to include sleigh rides, a bonfire and hot cider, although those will not be available this year due to the coronavirus.
The Ollman farm is located at 221 22nd St. N.E., roughly 8 miles west and 2 miles north of Reynolds.
Church officials said an online version of the live nativity presentation will be made available on the Holmes United Methodist Church Facebook page.