As Christmas approaches, celebrations of the life of Christ are scheduled for three Columbia County churches this week.
• The 10th annual Hayride Through the Life of Christ is open 7-9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 13-16 at the Columbia County Merchants Association Fairgrounds on Columbia Road.
The hayride, presented by Sharon Baptist Church, will take visitors on a tour of 13 scenes from Jesus’ life and includes Biblical characters such as Zebedee, Mary and Martha. It also includes scenes of Bethlehem, Christ’s birth, the crucifixion and resurrection.
The tour and hot chocolate are free.
• Bellevue Baptist Church in Grovetown also is recreating the night of Christ’s birth with a live nativity scene Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16, at Steed’s Dairy, 4634 Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown.
Admission is free, and on Sunday includes a Christmas service in the barn. Refreshments will be available for donations.
• Martinez United Methodist Church, 3614 Washington Road, Martinez, is presenting its Bethlehem Village, which depicts what Bethlehem might have been like the night of Jesus’ birth.
From 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16, church members will take roles as shepherds, Roman soldiers and shopkeepers and give working demonstrations at candle, leather, cloth and pottery shops.
Admission is free, with donations of non-perishable goods accepted for Golden Harvest Food Bank.
• At 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, a more modern take on the Christmas story will be presented in a play at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, 4921 Columbia Road.
Christmas in America tells the story of a young Latino American family celebrating the birth of Jesus. In the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas, the play reenacts Mary and Joseph looking for a place to stay in Bethlehem.
The play will be presented by the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary and children of the church. Admission is free, with desserts and hot cocoa served afterward. An offering will be taken for a family in need.