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Town square becomes Bethlehem for special play

PROCTORVILLE — Several Rome Township-Proctorville area church congregations came together to put on a live Christmas Nativity last week.

Sponsored by the Finley United Methodist Church, Proctorville, members presented the Nativity on Wednesday and Thursday. “Tell Me the Story of Jesus,” was an outdoor performance on the town square of the Village of Proctorville.

The program featured costumed characters including angels, shepherds, wise men and Mary and Joseph who told the Christmas story.

A cast of more than 60 men, women and children performed. Donkeys, llamas, goats, horses and cows were part of the cast set in front of a custom-built stable.

When the Wise Men arrived on horseback, traffic along State Street had to stop to allow the parade to enter the lot beside of Town Hall.

“We consider this a mission of the church — to spread the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Marsha Imhoff, event coordinator, said. “We are fortunate that members of the other churches in our community share their talents to make this possible. We had participants from New Hope United Methodist, Living Grace Bible Church, Beulah Baptist, Sanctuary of Grace and the Rome Ministerial Choir. It is one of the best things about our community — everyone working together to serve the Lord, Jesus Christ.”