Church to offer Christmas story scenes

Dec. 16, 2012 @ 05:17 PM

Conrad Memorial Baptist Church will resume a Christmas tradition this week that attracted High Pointers for years. 
The church first started staging live outdoor re-enactments of the Christmas story in the 1970s when church leaders decided they wanted to refocus attention on the Christmas message during what has become a commercial holiday for many people.
“It was popular,” said church member Kathy Barley, “but it has been about 10 years since we have had the drive-through scenes. We’ve offered scenes at the corner of the property, but it’s been six or seven years since we’ve done any at all. We felt it was time to bring them back again.”
This year as many as 40 church members will participate. Several spent the weekend assembling the scene backdrops and painting where needed.
“We kept all the costumers and props in a garage,” Barley said. “Thankfully, some of us still remember how to put it all together.”
Five scenes will be staged:  The angel Gabriel announcing the coming birth of Jesus to Mary; the holy family unable to find room at an inn; angels heralding the birth of the Savior to shepherds at Bethlehem; the wise men bringing gifts and the manger scene.
There is no dialog.
“People just follow the tour and there is a program parents can read to children in the car,” Barley said. “We’ll also have a hospitality area where hot cider and chocolate will be served.”
Years ago, the scenes attracted more than 1,000 people over several days.
“We had a steady flow of traffic then and we hope we have that again,” Barley said.

Christmas Scenes

When: Thursday through Saturday:  7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Conrad Memorial Baptist Church, 1920 N. Centennial St