NEW CANAAN — Church services have rarely been as fun and theatrical as the annual Children’s Pageant at First Presbyterian Church was on Christmas Eve.

“It’s a beautiful story,” said the Rev. Chris Tate, the parish associate who directed the very pageant he appeared in as a child. “It’s a unique story, one that holds up really well year after year.”

Around 25 kids took part in the production, ranging in age from 3 up to 18.

“He does a great job,” the Rev. Kibbie Laird said. “It’s really special.”