Celebrating its twenty-fourth year as a community tradition, in 2015 the scene will depict all the traditional figures. Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus, shepherds, and the wise men will be portrayed by members of the church. Adding to the authenticity are live stable animals including a cow, donkey, sheep and goats. Even one of the wise men's camels will be present.
Each year the scene is accompanied by narration describing the events that took place over 2000 years ago.
Preparations for the scene begin in the summer when the ladies of the church check, repair and renew the costumes. Then the weekend before Thanksgiving the church men set up the stable and hang the lights for the star. The youth help the morning of the scene filling the 300 luminaries with sand, setting them out and lighting them as evening approaches. Finally the animals arrive and the scene is set for the annual event.
The scene is located in front of the church at the corner of Crossgates Blvd. and Old Brandon Road. Visitors are invited to drive by or park and walk up and begin the month by remembering the true meaning of the season. Hot refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall.
Flowood Baptist Church will retell the story of the birth of Jesus with a live nativity Friday, December 11, and Saturday, December 12, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Shiloh Methodist Church puts on a "Journey to Bethlehem and Beyond" on Saturday, December 12, and Sunday, December 13, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
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