Churches enact nativity scenes

Outdoor nativity scenes are being enacted in many greater Columbia churches during this year’s Christmas season.

The live scenes featuring the Holy Family and the manger are favorites for family viewing in the days before Christmas.

Live animals are featured in some scenes along with live or taped music. In some the dramas, strictly visual scenes are presented while spoken lines may occur in other.

The “Judean Hills” drama in its ninth year at North Trenholm Road Baptist church, begins tonight and will be shown through Christmas Day.

Continuous 12-minute presentations will be made from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day in a drive in setup where viewers never have to leave their cars.

Five hundred church members are involved in the annual production which include live animals and taped music.

The Christmas Nativity Pageant at Eastminster Presbyterian Church began last night and will present again at 7 p.m. today and tomorrow.

The drama includes a cast of 43 with speaking parts, an angel choir, live animals, trumpets and a flute.

A live nativity drama will be presented at Northside Baptist Church at 1303 Sunset Blvd in West Columbia this weekend.

A 15-minute program will be repeated from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Faith Lutheran Church, 1717 Platt Spring Road, West Columbia, will present a live outdoor nativity scene Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Three presentations will be made each night – at 7:30, 8 and 8:30. Music taped by choir members will be played during the presentations.

Blaney Baptist Church in Elgin will stage a live nativity scene from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Four 10-minute presentation will be made by the church youth.

A Christmas pageant will be presented by the young people at Greenlawn Baptist Church in the sanctuary tonight after a 6:30 p.m. supper in the fellowship hall.

The children’s choirs will be performed and the Rev. Dr. Robert C. Mulkey will present a monologue entitled “Christmas at Green Point.”

December 19, 1979  Columbia Record (published as THE COLUMBIA RECORD)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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