BELMONT -- A new holiday experience will bring the Christmas story to life with five free mini-dramas staged outdoors on the campus of Gaston Christian Church, 5339 S. New Hope Road. Show dates are Dec. 12-14 starting at 6 p.m. with the last ride out at 8 p.m.
The event, "From Bethlehem to Belmont," dramatizes the Christmas story and ends with a modern family Christmas morning. Wagons will draw audience members from scene to scene every 30 minutes.
"We wanted to do something different, something unique to tell the story of Jesus' birth," said Pastor Scott Patterson of Gaston Christian Church. "It is certainly a big and ambitious undertaking for us, but something we wanted to do for the community. The birth of Jesus changed the course of history, and [the] impact has been felt through the ages."
A now aged Mary will narrate as she takes guests back in time, first to her childhood Hebrew School where she learns of the prophecies about the Messiah, then to her home as she breaks the news of her unusual pregnancy to her mother, and on to see Joseph and his father, Jacob, wrestle with how to deal with the situation. Then, guests will be transported to the village of Bethlehem, to the inn, the shepherds' field and the stable where Jesus was born. The final stop will be a return to modern-day Belmont as the story of Jesus is passed from one generation to the next.
Children and adults from Gaston Christian Church take on the acting roles of the various characters involved in the Christmas story, and live animals will lend interest and reality to the scenes.
Light refreshments will be offered. Call 704-825-8252 for more information.