Bethlehem ‘comes alive’ at Calvary Baptist

Published 11:04 am Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The story of Christmas will be told each evening this week, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., by the members of Calvary Baptist Church.

At the church, a replica of the city of Bethlehem has been constructed by the men of the church on the front lawn and parking area, and the live nativity scene is portrayed by members of the church.

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It is arranged as a free drive-through event, where cars may pass by the various vendor stalls, representative of those that would have been present in the city at that time, past the village inn, where there was no room, and arriving at the manger scene, where the Christ child was born. The scene is complete with live goats and calves. There are even live angels on the manger roof.

Shepherds can be seen abiding in the fields by night as Roman soldiers keep watch over the city. The three wise men are also represented.

Betty and Johnson Parker have planned and organized the event, which they hope will become a new Christmas tradition in Bainbridge — one that will grow more each year and eventually become a walk through event.

“We want it to be a community event that will reach out to everyone,” Betty Parker said.

The church is located at 601 Chason St. and the event will take place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week, weather permitting.