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December 4, 2013

Carpenter Road church’s annual live nativity set for Dec. 13, 14

TIFTON —

To experience the true meaning of Christmas, Carpenter Road Church of God will be presenting their real-life nativity drive-through again this year. This free event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14. The church is located at 40 Carpenter Road North.

Church secretary Kay Bonenfant said last year was the first time they presented this unique event to the community. She said it was well received. They had a great turnout from locals and surrounding counties. She commented she thinks this year’s drive-through will be better because of the amount of hard work that has gone into making it successful.

“It’s quite effective,” she said.

Pastor Salone Green said a large cast of members from the church have volunteered. The real-life nativity highlights the first advent of Jesus Christ. Viewers will have the opportunity to enjoy this tour as they experience the birth of Jesus Christ, and his ministry and death.

Green explained the nativity includes nine different scene settings — Christmas Lane, Mary and the angel, Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem, shepherds watching over their flocks, the nativity, angelic host, the earthly ministry of Jesus, the crucifixion and the ascension. Attendees will view giant-size Christmas cards, sparkling Christmas trees, live animals, carolers and much more.

Bonenfant said people can drive through and experience all of this from the comfort of their vehicle. It takes about 15 minutes to travel through the entire nativity. Green said local law enforcement will be directing traffic, and they will also have a traffic control group helping. He noted that they’re considering having a donation area if people would like to make a contribution. However, he said this is not an obligation.

“Our purpose in providing this community event is to serve as a reminder for the real meaning of Christmas,” Green said.

Contact the church at 382-4880 for more information.

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