Friday and Saturday evening Gum Orchard Baptist Church held its annual drive-thru Live Nativity “From the Cradle to the Cross,” showing vignettes from the life of Jesus from the cradle to the resurrection. Donations of food as well as money taken at the entrance benefited the Foothills Food Pantry in Dobson.
In spite of the cold, the weather was clear for viewing from a warm car. Luminaries lined the path that started with a live donkey and lead from the Nativity, through the baptism of Jesus and his sermons, to the cross and ending at the empty tomb. Congregation preformed their short pieces with enthusiasm while spectators paused along the route.
Although Gum Orchard Pastor Joe Lambert leads the congregation, when it comes to leading the drive-thru Nativity, “everyone works together as a church family and we like to give God all the credit and glory for everything at Gum Orchard Baptist Church. The animals that are present are provided by church members as well,” according to member Susan Edwards.
This was the third year for the Nativity. For the past two years, Gum Orchard Baptist has not held its traditional youth play in order to focus on the live Nativity. This year, “we are very happy to be doing both and we want to glorify God in each of them,” said Edwards. “When God lays something on your heart, you do it and don’t ask any questions.”
The play this year was “God is so Good” and took place on Dec. 3.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.