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Thieves steal parts of Crossfield United Church’s nativity scene

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 10:29 am

The life-size wood figures of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus were taken from the nativity scene at Crossfield United Church sometime during the night of Nov. 30. Church officials said they hope the figures are returned anonymously or otherwise and would not ask questions if they reappear.
The life-size wood figures of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus were taken from the nativity scene at Crossfield United Church sometime during the night of Nov. 30. Church officials said they hope the figures are returned anonymously or otherwise and would not ask questions if they reappear.
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An official from Crossfield United Church said she is shocked and feeling violated at the disappearance of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus from their nativity scene.

“The member of our church who crafted the pieces of wood for these nativity figurines gave his skills, abilities and generosity to this project as a gift. Days after the last figurine was completed, he suffered a serious stroke. His gift is irreplaceable,” said Brenda Watt, minister at the church.

The nativity display was set up on Nov. 30, and the figures were missing the next morning. (See related story on page 30.)

“There is a huge amount of emotion attached to this,” Watt said, adding the handcrafted display took a lot of effort and cannot be replaced.

She said the disappearance is needless and silly.

“It’s a huge contrast to what the spirit of the symbol means,” Watt said.

The incident was reported to the RCMP shortly after the figures went missing, but Watt said there has been no response because it is not a high priority crime.

“We would just like it to magically appear,” she said. “There won’t be any questions asked. It would just be nice to have it back.”

Watt said the figures, which were crafted in 2003, represent a sense of what the church is about and the loss is a large one to the congregation.

“It’s the loss of a precious thing, not in dollar value but in terms of its meaning,” she said.

Anyone with information on the missing figures is asked to contact the church at 403-946-5514.


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