A Crestview church has distributed fliers after the Nativity theft was discovered

CRESTVIEW — Missing persons fliers were scattered around Crestview on Wednesday after a baby Jesus was stolen from his manger at a local church's Nativity scene.

The Rev. Jeff Childers, an associate pastor at First Baptist Church of Crestview, said he went out to the Nativity scene at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday and discovered the baby Jesus was gone.

Childers said the church's media specialist, Sheena Faircloth, had visited the manger at 12:15 p.m. and the baby was still there.

"Somewhere in that window someone walked up, picked up the baby Jesus and left," Childers said. "He was just purchased at Walmart this year."

Faircloth immediately sprung into action and created a missing persons flier — with a humorous twist.

The flier reads in bold letters, "Have you seen baby Jesus?"

"Also answers to Yahweh, Redeemer, King of kings, Sustainer, Son of God, Lord, Savior, Deliverer, Good Shepherd, the Rock of our salvation," the flier states. "If he finds you, believe and repent, and then return him back to the manger."

At the bottom of the handout is the contact number for the church, which says "please contact Mary and Joseph at 850-682-2544 if you have any information, or questions, regarding finding Jesus."

Childers said although he's upset that someone stole Jesus, he's thankful on the other hand because it has sparked conversation about who Jesus is and what Christmas is all about.

"I thought the flier was funny and cute," he said.

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