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At Conley's, visitors take A Journey to Bethlehem

Annual living nativity tells the Christmas story
Dec 24, 2012
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Scherrie Barry, as the Angel Gabriel, appears to Mary, portrayed by Savannah Jewel, at the annunciation, telling her: "You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus."

Each Christmas season members of Conley's United Methodist Church off Camp Arrowhead Road portray the Christmas story with a living nativity. This year, visitors were guided through 11 stations telling the story surrounding the birth of Jesus. Conley's will have Christmas Eve candlelight worship at the church on Monday, Dec. 24, with a family service at 4:30 p.m.; a traditional service at 6:30 p.m.; and a traditional service with the choir at 11 p.m. There will also be an 8:30 p.m. traditional service at the chapel. Communion will be offered at all services.

An angel, portrayed by Betty Hudson, watches over Mary and Joseph, portrayed by Stephanie and Bryan Whitcomb, in one of the most touching scenes of the nativity each year. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Shepherds Blair Hill, left, and Megan Davidson keep watch on their flocks outside of the gates of Bethlehem. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
An angel, Bevann Kubala, tells visitors that Christmas is the wrapping paper for God's greatest gift – Jesus is raised from the dead. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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