ENID, Okla. - Thieves take off with a nativity scene’s baby Jesus figurine outside Enid’s First United Methodist Church.
Some folks at the church thought it was a practical joke, and the baby Jesus would be returned on Christmas Day, but he’s still missing.
The beautiful nativity scene has been on display for weeks in front of the First United Methodist Church in Enid.
Mary and Joseph, the angel, and shepherds are all there, but now an empty manger remains.
Rev. Susan Southall says it was children who first noticed the baby Jesus was gone.
“They came running up to me and said, ‘baby Jesus is missing from the manger!’” Rev. Southall said.
It happened just a couple of days before Christmas and still hasn’t turned up.
Like most churches, their Christmas Eve candlelight service brings in a lot of families, and many were disappointed that a thief had targeted their nativity.
“Most people were just sort of hurt, kind of heartbroken and wondering, ‘who does that?’ It's just such an odd thing to do,” Rev. Southall said.
It’s an odd thing that has unfortunately happened there before.
The church has had a large nativity in the yard for a number of years.
The baby Jesus to their previous set was also stolen.
The church will replace the baby Jesus figurine if it has to, but that’s funding that’ll have to come from somewhere.
“That’s money that could go for children to go to camp this summer, it could go for one of our benevolence funds. We help people in different ways when they come here to the church in need,” Rev. Southall said.
The nativity scene usually stays up through the first weekend in January.
The church is hoping it’ll be restored to its sacred scene.
Church leaders aren’t interested in pressing charges.
They’ll take the figurine back, no questions asked.
Anyone with information on the stolen figurine should call First United Methodist Church (580) 237-2041