The story of the birth of Jesus has been told by children for generations.

As the Christmas account unfolds, those dressed as shepherds, angels, wise men, sheep and other animals, as well as Mary and Joseph, relay to audiences the miracles that took place more than 2,000 years ago in a little town known as Bethlehem.

Over the next few weeks, area congregations are going to be hosting programs featuring the Christmas story as shared through the eyes and words of children.

What follows is a schedule of those programs:

• The kids of the Evangelical Free Church of Redwood Falls will present “Heaven and Nature Sing” Dec. 16 at 9:30 a.m. at the church. A fellowship meal follows. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a treat.

• First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls will host its children’s Christmas program Dec. 16 at 10:15 a.m.

• The children of First United Methodist Church in Redwood Falls will present “A Star is Born” Dec. 16 starting at 10:30 a.m.

• Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls will hold a children’s Christmas program entitled “Someone Has a Birthday,” Dec. 16 beginning at 10 a.m. 

• Redwood Alliance Church in Redwood Falls is holding its children’s Christmas program Dec. 23 at 10:30 a.m.

• St. John Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls is hosting a children’s Christmas service Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. at the church, with a second service Dec. 24 at 4 p.m.

• Christ’s Victory Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls will hold a children’s Christmas program Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. A procession of donations for the Choices Pregnancy Center in Redwood Falls will be held.

• Children and youth of all ages from Living Word Church in Redwood Falls will present “Christmas Expressions of Joy” Dec. 16 at 10 a.m.

• Grace Lutheran Church in Belview will host a Sunday school Christmas program Dec. 16 at 4 p.m.

• Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Belview will host a Sunday school program at 10 a.m. Dec. 23.

• Echo Alliance Church will host a children’s Christmas program Dec. 16 starting at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will follow.

• Peace Lutheran Church in Echo will host a children’s Christmas service Dec. 24 starting at 6:30 p.m.

• St. John Lutheran Church in Vesta will host a children’s Christmas service Dec. 24 at 5 p.m.

• St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Franklin is hosting a Sunday school program Dec. 9 at 9:30 a.m.

• St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Wabasso will host a children’s Christmas program Dec. 16 at 8:45 a.m.

• Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Milroy will host a children’s Christmas program Dec. 16 at 8:45 a.m.

• Trinity Lutheran Church in Lucan will present a Christmas program by the kids Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. with a potluck dinner to follow.

• Sundown Lutheran Church in rural Springfield will host a Little Christmas Eve service Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

• St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Danube is hosting a Christmas for Kids event Dec. 15 from 1-3 p.m. This event is for kids ages four to 11. The church will have its children present a program Dec. 16 at 10:30 a.m.

• The St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church of Evan Sunday School will present a program during worship Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m.

• The Bethany Lutheran Church near Gilfillan Sunday School will present their program Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Local congregations whose services were not submitted may still do so for future publication.

Send the information including dates, times and locations to tkrause@redwoodfallsgazette.com.

Those planning to attend any of these programs are encouraged to take photos and submit them to the above e-mail address for future publication. (Please include identifications.)

The public is invited and encouraged to attend a children’s Christmas program this holiday season.