Jesus stolen from Wichita church's nativity scene

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) -- A Wichita church is looking for its baby Jesus that was taken from its nativity scene Wednesday.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Wichita believes baby Jesus was taken the night of Jan. 3, or early morning on Jan. 4

"For most of us, we were simply surprised, and then disappointed and sad that somebody would feel compelled to take it for whatever reason," said Father Andrew Bergkamp.

He said the church wants the thieves to return it, and no questions would be asked. The manger also was destroyed because Baby Jesus had been chained to it.

"The infant Jesus was secure in the manger, to the point that somebody really had to work to move it, so we did secure some of the statues down, we'll probably just keep doing what we're doing, and you have to live with that unfortunately, but it won't deter us from putting it out again next year and replacing the infant Jesus," said Bergkamp.

A church member put up a sign before the rain washed away the message. It said "Baby Jesus was stolen. Please pray for his return. This is why we can't have nice things."

"It's humorous only that somebody feels like that's a good way to make a point maybe," said Bergkamp. "If you can't laugh at things then you're not really living life, and there are much more important things going on in everyone's lives, so we just kind of see it in its proper place."

The theft came just a few days before the Epiphany, which is the day Christians observe the visit the Three Kings made to the baby Jesus.