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Marion Avenue Baptist Church continues traditional Christmas display

By Linda Wenger | Dec 06, 2012
Marion Avenue Baptist Church will present the life of Jesus from his birth, as depicted here, to his resurrection. This is the 38th year of the Live Animal Christmas Play.

Marion Avenue Baptist Church will open its doors Saturday and Sunday to all who would like to experience the biblical Christmas story during this advent season.

Pastor Joseph Brown said this will be the church's 38th annual presentation of the Live Animal Christmas Play. He said this year's production will have new special effects and more music than previous productions.

"My family enjoys Christmas traditions," Brown said. "A lot of people have made this Christmas tradition for their families. When you walk out of the show, you will have the Christmas spirit."

Another new feature this year will be the presence of a baby camel. The play includes 30-35 animals, including a donkey that Mary and Joseph took to Bethlehem where they were to be registered for Caesar Augustas' census. Sheep will also be part of the play when the angel visits the shepherds to tell them of Jesus' birth. The angel will arrive with a new flying mechanism.

The play takes the audience through Jesus' entire life, from his birth to his resurrection. It will last for about an hour and a half. About 200 people will be involved as actors and workers.

There will be a private showing tonight for the church's bus ministry. Saturday will have three showings, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The play will also be presented on Sunday morning at 10:30. The play is free of charge and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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