December 3    5-8pm

Family Life Center

(16349 Chillicothe Rd., Chagrin Falls, OH 44023) 

Imagine the look of awe on a young child’s face as he sees Baby Jesus lying in his mother’s arms…

Imagine the stirring in young parents’ hearts as they introduce their children to the true meaning of Christmas…

Imagine hundreds of people passing through the doors of the Family Life Center to experience the journey to Bethlehem live…

Imagine taking a step away from the stress of holiday preparations – away from the mall, from the wrapping, from the decorating, from the spending – and taking a step back in time to relive the birth of Christ…

On December 3, Federated Church will present its third annual Search for the Christ Child, an interactive journey to Bethlehem.  We’ll throw our doors open and invite the community to join us on the journey to celebrate the birth of Christ. 

Visitors will be welcomed at the Camelback Inn where the census will be taken and visitors will enjoy light refreshments as they wait to begin the journey.  Small groups will travel together, led by Shepherd Guides who tell of the birth of a long awaited King, the Son of God.  Visitors agree to join the shepherds on their search for the child.  Traveling back in time, travelers encounter angels, shepherds, and live animals.  The excitement starts to build as visitors realize that they will see the face of God at the end of this journey.  Three Wise Men encourage travelers to follow the bright star in the night sky.  Guests arrive at Herod’s Palace hoping that he can help point them in the right direction, but it turns out that Herod doesn’t want anyone else to be king and frightens the visitors.

At last, travelers arrive at an inn.  They learn that the Christ child is here, but He is not in the warm and cozy inn, but in the stable of all places.   Excitement builds as visitors are directed to the stable.  There He is, the Christ Child, the Son of God!  The one they have journeyed so long to find is lying in His mother’s arms.  Here, in the stable, this tiny baby is the hope of the world. 

Appropriate for all ages. Donations of canned goods and a freewill offering will be accepted. This event is free and open to the community—invite your friends!

Help The Search come to life...


Imagine your role in all of this...

We’ll need youth, adults, and babies to play roles in the production – Mary, Joseph, Jesus, Angels, Wise Men, Shepherds, King Herod, and the list goes on. 

We’ll need volunteers to set up scenes at the Family Life Center and to tear them down after the production.

We’ll need bakers to provide cookies for our travelers.

We’ll need people who can welcome and guide and people who can serve refreshments.

We need you! How can you help Search for the Christ Child come to life?

Volunteer sign-up link coming soon! Join us as we embark on this incredible journey.

For additional information, contact Emily Culp ( or Kiersti Critchfield (

If you were unable to attend or volunteer last year we urge you to  participate this year.  This is an event you and your family will not want to miss!