Children present Nativity Story

15 years ago

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HALO ADJUSTMENT — Brianna “Breezie” Clossey adjusts Lindsey Bartman’s halo before the annual Christmas pageant at Shiretown Baptist Church in Houlton. Alexandra Reed is smiling and seems ready for her close-up.

By Elna Seabrooks
Staff Writer

    HOULTON — The Sunday school children of Shiretown Baptist Church presented their annual Christmas Pageant Sunday evening in full costumes as angels, shepherds, wise men and the holy family.
     Seventeen children, from age 2-18, recreated the story of the nativity based on the book of Luke chapter 2, which has the fullest and most familiar story of the birth of Christ. Fourteen of the youngest children were in costumes; three teenagers stood at a podium as readers.
    Bethany Emery acted as the narrator almost like a color commentator.  Hannah Emery read the scriptures surrounding the birth of Christ. They alternated with Anna Smarr who read “I wonder” poems that asked  what it might have been like that night in Bethlehem as the children took their place on the stage.
    Pastor James Gardner said the children of church members “did a wonderful job. They also sang This Little Light of Mine during which they used flashlights to emphasize their spiritual light shining.”
    The children on stage also sang a chorus “Brighten The Corner.” Pastor Gardner said it is significant because it means “brighten the world and make the place wherever you are a cheerier place. If you know  the Lord, you should have a cheerful and happy disposition wherever you are.”
    The costumes were a joint effort by Judy Nightingale, Christine Thurston, Cindy Bartman and Bethany  Emery. The pageant was followed by refreshments of homemade cookies and punch in the church’s fellowship hall where all the children received gift bags from their Sunday school teachers.
    Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. The pastor said all are welcome.
ImageNATIVITY — On stage for the Shiretown Baptist Church Christmas pageant are, from left, Rebekah Emery, Joshua Smarr, Benjamin Thurston, Oliver Thurston, Caleb Smarr, Everett Thurston and Matthew Smarr. Not seen behind Mathew is his brother Jacob.