as Large as Life
Review by Kelli Knight
Christmas is, in general, an eagerly anticipated time of the year. However, it can be a time when many feel disconnected to the joy of the season. Hectic schedules and the commercialization of the holiday can be the source. For those looking to feel closer to the birth of our Lord and Savior, the members of Florida Boulevard Baptist Church (FBBC) have created an event that could possibly bring one to tears.
The church will become the setting for an outdoor theater for the nativity. Views are asked to park, and upon entering, be counted in the census, just as Joseph and Mary would have been counted to enter Bethlehem.
The actors are members of FBBC including their "Special Friends" Class of the church and their Wednesday Bible Study group for their special needs friends, family and workers.
FBBC believes this will be a touching event that will bring people together. The theme of the production is God's unconditional love and will be develope scene by scene to show Jesus is God's gift to us because of His unconditional love for us.
Recorded narration and music will accompany each scene. There will be live music at the stable and viewers will be encouraged to participate in caroling by singing “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night” to the baby Jesus. Without giving anything away, a unique and special ending is planned which includes a song to the heartwarming tones of the violin.
The cast will be available after each performance in their Activity Center and the audience is encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served and a Christmas puppet show will be held for children.
Performances will be held Friday, December 15 at 6:30, 7:00 & 7:30p.m. and Saturday, December 16 at 6:30, 7:00 & 7:30p.m.
The Living Nativity is a gift from Florida Boulevard Baptist Church to each of us, and there is no charge.
It should be an event that brings Christmas to life. Take some time to disconnect from your schedule and the commercial side of Christmas. Feel the rejuvenation of the season and your soul recharged when you visit the FBBC Living Nativity this December.