Live Nativity set for Dec. 1-2 in Parrish

By ED HOWELL, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 11/26/17

PARRISH — A live Nativity scene, which will include dramatic presentations at times, will be held in downtown Parrish for first time on Dec. 1-2, starting at 6 p.m. Friday.

“The Lord laid it on my heart about two years,” said Angela Blaylock, who organized the event. “Things kept coming up where I couldn’t get it. This year, everything sort of fell into place. I got permission from my church to start asking other churches, and it went from there.”

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Live Nativity set for Dec. 1-2 in Parrish

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PARRISH — A live Nativity scene, which will include dramatic presentations at times, will be held in downtown Parrish for first time on Dec. 1-2, starting at 6 p.m. Friday.

“The Lord laid it on my heart about two years,” said Angela Blaylock, who organized the event. “Things kept coming up where I couldn’t get it. This year, everything sort of fell into place. I got permission from my church to start asking other churches, and it went from there.” 

Blaylock said the free event, which will be in front of Jack’s at the four-way stop, has been in the planning since the end of September.

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cordova, Providence Baptist Church between Parrish and Oakman, Crossway Baptist Church in Aldridge, Cordova Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Parrish, and Parrish Nazarene Church are confirmed to participate.

A couple more churches may sign up by this weekend, and other churches are also invited to help out, she said. “We’d love to have anyone who would like to be in it,” Blaylock said.

Blaylock said, “We will be doing a live Nativity scene, and Friday night at 6:30 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m., we will be doing the Nativity drama. In between those times, starting at 6, we’ll have different church groups singing.

“On Saturday afternoon, we will start at 1, and then at 1:30, 3, 5 and 7 we will be doing the Nativity drama. The rest of the time they will be standing out there and in between we will have people singing” at the times drama is not being performed.

Pastors from different churches will start off each of the dramas by addressing those gathered, welcoming them and conducting a prayer. At least about a dozen people — not counting additional people who will participate as angels — will be in the company. No animals will be used, nor will a real baby be used as Jesus, as organizers were concerned the baby might be exposed to cold weather for a long period of time.

No names of the actors will be released “because we want this to glorify God,” Blaylock said.

Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and watch, Blaylock said, noting free hot chocolate will also be handed out. People will also be able to drive past the site and see the manger scene.

“The different churches have taken different roles,” she said. “One church is doing the manger. One church is being responsible for the sound system. One is doing a stage for the singers to stand on. Some are working on lighting and programs. So everyone is pitching in. The different things that need to be done, they are doing that, so it is truly a group effort.”

Organizers have been meeting weekly on Sundays to plan out the event, Blaylock said, adding she hopes that it can be an annual event that can be improved upon each year.

“We’re very excited. Everyone has stepped up and have done so well. I can’t wait,” she said.

Anyone who wants more information can call Blaylock at 689-3107.