By AMANDA KIMBLE
STEPHENVILLE (November 28, 2016) – Jesus is the reason for the season. The story of his birth, death and resurrection will unfold at Valley Grove Baptist Church, where an upcoming Christmas cantata will welcome the holiday.
“Christmas has no meaning outside of what Jesus accomplished on the cross,” Pastor Ward Hayes said. “The dinner musical will tell the whole life story of Christ. It’s a neat time to share this with the community.”
The production, which is expected to be seen by 400 attendees over two nights, is a major undertaking that has come together under the direction of Music Pastor Rob Gleason.
“This has been brewing in his mind for a couple of years,” Hayes said of Gleason.
The production is dramatic, but in true cantata style, the story will unfold through music with the choir speaking to the audience through song, according to Hayes.
“The choir and cast is made up entirely of member of the congregation,” he said.
Seating limited to about 200 attendees each night – this coming Sunday, Dec. 4 and Monday, Dec. 5. Dinner service begins at 6:30 p.m. featuring a meal prepared by the women of the congregation and served by the youth. The production is expected to end around 8 p.m.
Hayes said Valley Grove is excited – and honored – to present the musical story to the community at no cost. Tickets, which include a meal, seating and childcare for children up to four years old, must be reserved prior to the event.
“There is no charge, but tickets are required due to the limited seating and meal preparation,” Hayes said, asking that families with younger children pack snacks or a light meal for them to enjoy while in the church nursery.
He said only a few tickets remain for the Sunday evening, but Monday has more seating available.
Reservations and arrangements for ticket delivery can be made by calling 254-965-5195, where a message included name and callback number can be left on voicemail if nobody answers.