Hayrides celebrate Jesus' life

Posted: Sunday, December 05, 2010

Members of Sharon Baptist Church aim to share the message of the holiday season with the church's Christmas hayride.

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The eighth annual "A Hayride Through the Life of Christ" starts Thursday and lasts until Sunday at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on Columbia Road.

"This is our gift to the community," said Jean Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Winfield church. "We're a small church with a small pocketbook but a big heart."

The 30-minute tour starts with the prophecy of Jesus Christ's birth and includes 14 scenes of his life.

"We go from the prophecy to his resurrection so that you know the reason that we are celebrating Christmas," Kelly said.

Four or five wagons, each with its own narrator, will take guests through the tour from 7 to 9 each night. Those still in line at 9 p.m. will get the tour, Kelly said.

Despite several rainy days, Kelly said, about 2,500 people attended the event last year.

Some actors will interact with the people on the wagon, and some scenes include live animals.

"We change the scenery every year to get new scenes in, so you don't see the same thing every year," Kelly said.

The scenes were initially written by the church's pastor, the Rev. Andy Collins, and his mother, and have been adapted by the actors over the years.

Hot chocolate is served at the free event.

Kelly encourages guests to dress appropriately for the weather.

For information, call the church at (706) 541-0667, or call Kelly at (706) 541-1532 or (706) 339-4306.

IF YOU GO

What: A Hayride Through the Life of Christ

When: 7-9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday

Where: Columbia County Fairgrounds on Columbia Road

Admission: Free

More: Call (706) 541-0667 or (706) 541-1532



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