Live Nativity Brings The Christmas Story to Life in Trinity, NC


mtzion(1)Are you looking for something fun to do with your family this Christmas Season? Would you like to go back to a more simple time where you can focus on the true meaning of Christmas? Then join with several local churches as they take a journey back in time to the town of Bethlehem on the night of Jesus’ birth. You and your family will be able to stroll through the busy streets with Roman soldiers and townsfolk while you imagine what life might have been like in Israel over 2,000 years ago. You can also visit the inn where there was no room for Jesus to lay his head and follow wise men as they seek out Jesus’ humble birthplace in a manger. Come and experience the 1st Annual Walk To Bethlehem Live Nativity with Biblical scenes of our Lord Jesus’ birth. The Live Nativity will be held December 13th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. This year’s Living Nativity will take place on the historical grounds of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church which was founded in 1792.  The one-day event will feature actors and live animals including a camel, and live music including the Steele Family – a bluegrass Gospel band. There will also be an indoor marketplace filled with food, crafts and other activities for the whole family. Admission is FREE! Mt. Zion is located at 2354 Finch Farm Road in Trinity, NC (Randolph County).  Take exit 106 on I-85 S and turn left. Mt. Zion is 4 miles from Wheatmore High School. Want to be part of the story? For more information or if your church would like to volunteer, please call Dr. Mary Miller at 336-472-7405 or email us: The Walk to Bethlehem Live Nativity Event is presented by Mt. Zion in partnership Trinity UMC in Thomasville, and other local churches in the Yadkin Valley District. The event is made possible through a Congregational Vitality Grant. 

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment


The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:

  • Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
  • Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.

We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at


  • Resources
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