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Church will present live nativity this weekend
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Bethel Baptist Churchs annual live nativity and full-scale production depicting the story of Christ will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. - photo by File photo

The reason for the season will be showcased this weekend as the congregation of Bethel Baptist Church presents an elaborate, full-scale production depicting the story of Christ.

In its 28th year, the 13-scene live nativity will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

"Each year, this is our gift from our church to not only Dawson County, but to the entire region," said Kevin Tanner, whose family has attended Bethel for many generations.

Upon arrival, visitors board tractor-drawn wagons to embark on a trip to a time when shepherds watched over their flocks by night and angels spread the news of Christ's birth.

Last year, an estimated 2,000 people attended the weekend event that involves the entire church congregation, their friends and families.

Initially, the production was held in the church cemetery, but is now scattered across 40 acres in the woods behind the church. Visitors are encouraged to dress warmly as the event includes a 45-minute hayride through the woods where the presentation is staged.

The live nativity is the congregation's way of emphasizing the true meaning of Christmas.

"We work hard to tell the story of Christ and the true reason for the season we're in," Tanner said. "We get a great blessing from doing it."

Afterwards, in the spirit of the season, the church will also provide dinner for its guests.

Soups and warm beverages are served both nights in the church fellowship hall.

Bethel Baptist Church is located in northwest Dawson County at the intersection of Hwy. 136 West and Shoal Creek Road.

Admission is free.