"The Nativity Story" isn't generating as much buzz as last year's "The Chronicles Of Narnia," but it won't keep area church groups away from the theater.
Nothing has been formalized, but the middle school youth at Trinity Lutheran Church, 502 Bardshar Road, will likely view the movie about the birth of Jesus Christ between Christmas and New Year's, said the Rev. Philip Gardner.
"The 'Nativity Story,' which opened Dec. 1, hasn't been as heavily promoted," Gardner said. "I bought the music, but I haven't had the opportunity to see it."
Mark Groen, director of youth and family ministry at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2211 Mills St., said he will watch the movie before he takes the youth group. He likes to watch the movie beforehand so he can see where the conversations might lead.