By Steve Gillespie / Managing Editor
The Meridian Star
The meaning of Christmas comes to life this weekend at First Assembly Meridian, 1929 Highway 19 North.
"Bethlehem Revisited," is an outdoor nativity experience featuring six scenes with living, breathing people and animals. More than 100 live characters perform scenes including: the Angel's Appearance to Mary; King Herod's Court; Shepherds in the Field; the Journey to Bethlehem; the City of Bethlehem; and The Manger.
"We anticipate this event becoming a family Christmas tradition for the greater Meridian area," said Stacy Clearman, church worship leader.
This is the fourth year the church has produced the event, which will be held Friday-Sunday, 6-9 p.m. each evening. Clearman said more than 1,200 people attended the live nativity scenes last year.
Two hay ride tours will be guided through the scenes simultaneously. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. Admission is free, but there is an opportunity for those attending to help others who are in need.
"Bethlehem Revisited" is a drop off location for the Coats for Kids program and Wesley House Community Center's canned food drive. A new or gently used coat, or canned food donations will be accepted.
Clearman said "Bethlehem Revisited" was the brainchild of Pastor Bob Null.
"About five years ago he had the vision to host a live nativity and we're delighted to see the interest," Clearman said.