What was it like for those who lived it?

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Christmas is a favorite time of year for many reasons, but have you ever wondered what it was like for the people who were actually there?

Prof. Kristi McLelland of Williamson College in Mississippi, will make a virtual appearance at First Methodist Church, 903 Broadway, Minden, in a women’s event that will show the historical and cultural context of Christmas in a one-time Bible study format.

McLelland is a biblical culturalist who teaches the Bible in a historical, cultural context. After studying in Egypt and Israel in 2007, she began leading biblical studies trips to Israel in 2008. She has trained under renowned rabbis, archaeologists and professors.

First Methodist Women’s Ministries leader Jennifer Thomas said all women of the community are invited to “Prepare Him Room.”

“Sponsored by Lifeway Christian Ministries, this is a 50-minute video teaching on the Christmas story and the birth of Christ from the Middle Eastern perspective,” Thomas said. “Rachel Chapman, from the Minden community, will lead us in worship.”

Because light refreshments will be served, Thomas asked that advance reservations be made, if possible.

The event takes place Monday, December 4 at First Methodist Minden’s Fellowship Hall. Doors open at 5:30 for the 6 p.m. event.

Reservations are $10 each, with half of sales going to United Christian Assistance Program.

“It’s helpful if we sell reservations, but we will not turn anyone away at the door,” Thomas said. “This event will make Christmas even more real for those who come, and we want everyone to have the chance to experience it.”

Deadline for reservations and child care are November 27. Sign-up sheets for child care and reservations are available through the church office, 903 Broadway, by calling 318-377-1483 or scan the QR code above and the church’s Facebook page. For more information, call 470-9507.

“Join us as we celebrate the birth of our Savior and embrace the true meaning of Christmas,” lifeway.com reads. “Prepare Him room this season – your heart will never be the same.”