Home educators putting on Christmas pageant Sat.

From Staff Reports

Nov 29, 2007 - , 2007 - The Christmas story will be re-enacted by a group of almost three dozen youths at a Christmas pageant Saturday.

Staff Photo by Angela PItts

More than 30 Christian Home Educators of Sulphur Springs (CHESS) students are participating in a Christmas program to be held at First Assembly of God Church on Saturday. Joseph (Josiah Devoto) kneels to ask for Mary's (Virginia Scott) forgiveness after being visited in a dream by Gabriel the Angel (Gabriel Devoto), back, during a rehearsal for the Christmas Story drama.

The Christian Home Educators of Sulphur Springs are presenting the pageant, compiled by Marci Kerby, in two performances at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at First Assembly of God, 434 Jefferson St. There is no admission charge.

Kerby said 35 home-schooled students in fourth through 12th grade are working on the production.

"It's similar to 'The Nativity Story,'" said Kerby, who came up with the story, in part borrowing from other sources. "It's a full-blown play. It's going tobe a pretty big deal. It's big to us, anyway."

The pageant, "Zoe's Christmas," focuses on a young girl who is torn between the call to the mission field and her parents' desire for her to attend college. When her Bible falls to the floor and opens to the Christmas story, the play acts out the events. The story provides a parralel parable for the concept of God calling people to take on awesome responsibilities.

The performance culminates in "a full-blown Nativity."

The 35 students involved in the production serve as cast and crew for the production.

"Some are working behind the scenes with props and sound or the spotlight," Kerby said. "We've been working all week with the props."

A final dress rehearsal was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

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