"Journey to Bethlehem" Set for Saturday and Sunday at Hitt's Chapel

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Members of the Hitt's Chapel church congregation ride in the Piggott Christmas Parade Sunday, as they spread the word about this weekend's "Journey to Bethlehem."

The Hitt's Chapel General Baptist Church will continue a decades-old tradition this weekend, as they once again offer the "Journey to Bethlehem" live nativity. The effort has become a local tradition for the holiday season, with both visitors and participants looking forward to the annual production with great anticipation.

"This year we'll be doing the live nativity two nights, from 6 to 8 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, (Dec 21 and 22) noted church pastor Charles Richardson. "There is no charge for admission and we want to extend a warm welcome to everyone in the area to attend."

The Journey to Bethlehem first began in 1985 and depicts the nativity and Bethlehem of Christ's time with live actors and animals. The cast is comprised of members of the church congregation, and local volunteers, along with a variety of four-legged stars such as donkeys, cattle and goats.

The production also utilizes full scale props to provide a stronger felling of realism for those attending.

"We'll also be serving free refreshments," Richardson said of the annual Christmas offering.

The church is located three miles north of Piggott on North Fourth Avenue. "The best way to get there is to turn north off Highway 62 between the fire station and Piggott Clinic and follow that street until you reach the church at the end of the pavement," Richardson added.

Those wanting more information, or further directions, may call the church at 870 598-2595 or Richardson at 870 634-6853.

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