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Church invites locals to live Nativity scene
by Nneka Okona
November 26, 2012 04:31 PM | 2351 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Pastor Justin Terrell with Luke Ashley, 9, Belle Shepard, 8, and Charli Eason, Children’s Minister, in the Fairburn First Baptist Church’s Live Nativity.
Staff / Katherine Frye
Pastor Justin Terrell with Luke Ashley, 9, Belle Shepard, 8, and Charli Eason, Children’s Minister, in the Fairburn First Baptist Church’s Live Nativity.
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First Baptist Church of Fairburn will soon usher in the holiday season with a blast from the past — their live Nativity scene.

The scene, which will be on display in the church’s upper lot on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, was last hosted by the church in 1995.

A total of three performances will be on both nights, including 6:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Judy Chester, one of the event’s organizers, said there is a singular reason for the live Nativity.

“Our Nativity will be a simple picture of the first Christmas and a reminder of why we celebrate Christmas,” she said. “There will be scenes from the account in the Bible of Bethlehem, of Mary, Joseph and the manger where Jesus was born, the shepherds, angels and the Wise Men.”

Originally, those who staged the live Nativity where all youth volunteers, but time, as Chester said, has changed things.

“This year it is a project of the women’s ministry, headed by Lenna Moore, and involves the whole church — young and old — along with our Hispanic ministry,” Chester said.

The first performance of Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. will have all children participants.

Increased attendance from both church members and residents is one aspect of the event Chester said the organizers hope to increase.

“The live Nativity that was done in 1995 drew crowds of more than 50 people at each performance,” she said.

An event like the live Nativity not only is something for residents to see and experience, but also will inspire community togetherness for the holiday season.

“Fairburn is a diverse city, yet we are one in the eyes of God,” Chester said. “It is truly our desire to come together to celebrate this most beautiful event. Just being involved in this has already blessed many who have stepped forward to be a part of help in any way.”
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