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11/27/2013 6:00:00 AM
Baptist group sponsoring unique Nativity
Staff Reporter

"A Night at the Manger," featuring a walk through Nativity and a Bethlehem marketplace, will be presented by the Neshoba Baptist Association next month.

The Nativity will be for one night only on Dec. 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Neshoba Baptist Association Center on Valley View Drive.

K.K. Williams, director of Children's Ministries at the center, said everyone involved is excited.

Taking up the entirety of the center's gym, the event will be split into two parts: a walk through and a marketplace.

The walk through will feature 12 scenes depicting the Christmas story starting with Mary receiving news of the Christ child and ending with the birth, Williams said.

"It will take 20 minutes to go through the whole thing," she said, noting the scenes would line the walls of the gym.

A cast of 40 actors will present the story of the Nativity along with 35 backstage volunteers, Williams said, including a live baby Jesus.

"They've [the actors and helpers] come from across the state to help out," she said. "They will follow a script and will act out a little scene for visitors."

Attendees will go through the walk through in groups of 10 at 15 minute intervals. Each group will be accompanied by a guide.

After the final scene attendees will enter the Bethlehem Marketplace, which will take up the center of the gym.

It will feature eight different shops for attendees to visit, including a toy shop, bakery, winery and woodworks.

"It's set up so you can't see the town square from the walk," Williams said, noting attendees will be able to meander around the various shops.

At the different shops, attendees can partake in various activities from making toys to decorating cookies.

The idea for "A Night at the Manger" came after the Baptist Center's October event.

"We had a 'Monster Bash' in October but the kids didn't really react to it," Williams said. "We wanted the kids to have a bigger part for the next event."

Several ideas were considered and eventually LeAnna Williams, a member of the association, came up with the idea to show "the true meaning of Christmas."

Williams is hopeful for a large crowd that night.

"Everyone is super excited," she said. "This is a big deal [for the people in the association] and we hope a lot of people show up."

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