250 nativities to be displayed at Atlanta church

From Staff Reports
religion@newnan.com
For the 15th holiday season, the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Atlanta will present an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world.
The exhibit starts Dec. 1 and ends Dec. 9. Over the years, the exhibit has grown to more than 250 crèches. From the elegant to the eccentric, the birth scenes are sculpted in materials ranging from carved wood to volcanic ash.
In the church narthex and gallery, there will be a special exhibit of nativity scenes that highlight the differences between the birth story as told in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.
The two gospels, St. Matthew and St. Luke differ in the way they tell the birth stories. St. Matthew’s gospel accentuates the history of the Old Testament people. St. Luke’s gospel presents the story by using ordinary people who participate in the unfolding drama.
Each of these nativities is accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts.
The rest of the birth scenes will be exhibited in Epiphany’s parish hall. The Festival Singers of Atlanta will present a Christmas Program on Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a separate admission price for the concert.

The schedule is:

* Dec. 1/8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

* Dec. 2/9, 2-4 p.m.

* Dec. 5-7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

* Dec. 7, 7-9 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. Children under 12 will be admitted free.


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