2013 Live Animal Christmas Play

Mark these dates on your calenders now for our church's annual 
You may remember us talking about this quite a bit last year, here and here.
It does not seem like a year ago but indeed it is, because once again we are in the thick of planning, sewing, rehearsals, and all kinds of work projects.
And...we want to take a minute here to invite each of you to join our family for the 
2013 Live Animal Christmas Play, coming up in just a week and a half!
It is free and open to the public.
{doesn't get any better than that, huh?}
There are approx 200 actors in the play.
And live animals. in the church. on the stage. 
the baby calves reside in the baptistry. =)
Showing information is on the flyer below. 
We are working on spreading the word here! Last year we had to turn people away but this year an extra showing has been added so there will be extra room, which means we'd love it if more people came.

A little more info from our pastor.. (with my notes added in italics =))
A Southeast Iowa Christmas Tradition

"A stunning theatrical production!"

We cordially invite you to celebrate Christmas with us in a dramatic way. The
2013 production will show Saturday December 14, 2013 at 11AM2PM and 5PM and
Sunday December 15, 2013 11AM & 5PM.  All Showings are a gift to you and
complety free of charge!  DETAILED INFORMATION BELOW...

"Experience the true story of Christmas come to life !"

*Animals Up Close!
You will enjoy, Camels, Reindeer, Llama, Sheep, Goats, Cows, Donkeys,
Red Tail Hawk, Horses, Dogs, a fat pig and much more, in the sanctuary!  You will have an
opportunity to get up close to many wonderful animals! The kids are sure to enjoy!

*Stirring Music!
The show includes over eight live musical specials as well as scores of
Musical Productions that will stir the Christmas Spirit within you. 

*The Bible Story in Compelling Drama!
The compelling dramatic journey will take you from a marketplace in
Nazareth to
a manger in Bethlehem where baby Jesus is born. Watch as King Herod, the
Roman Soldiers and many Jews try to destroy the Messiah.  The production
finishes with Jesus' glorious resurrection.

*Great Seating Close to all the Action!
The Auditorium is large enough to host such an event but small enough to be
close to all the action.  You will feel like you have taken a journey
right in the Christmas Story! Ah, the sights, the smells, the sounds of Christmas!

*Special Effects!
The show uses many professional special effects that is sure to make your
experience exciting!

*Hot Chocolate, Popcorn and Candy Canes!
As you enter the building, enjoy delicious christmas refreshments!
is free of charge. Merry Christmas!
{my mother and brothers will be serving you all these yummy things...=)}

*The purpose of the play!
John 3:16-17
"For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world
through Him might be saved."

- We are not professionals. This is a homemade church play. All actors and
workers are church members who have sacrificially volunteered their time.
{this is hands-down the most amazing thing about the play. long before we ever attended Marion Avenue Baptist Church, we were blessed and impacted each year by this play. Now that we actually attend and are involved..we have been able to see and be a part everything that goes into pulling this off. And it is incredible. Multiple church members who use their vacation time for the year to take off of work these two weeks before the play and work at the church. People who work so hard and push themselves to be as professional as possible, in every aspect.  It is a beautiful example of the body of Christ working together and I just thank the Lord that my family gets to experience it!}

- All Showings are free of charge.
{in other words...you have no excuse for not coming =)}

- You do not need tickets to attend.

- Seating is given on a first come, first served basis.
{come early for a good seat!}

- The 2PM show on Saturday is reserved for large groups -
email mdpdavis@yahoo.com with your group reservation.

- The show is 2 hours from start to finish.

Located at:
Marion Avenue Baptist Church
215 South Marion Avenue Washignton, Iowa 52353

And here is last year's promo clip 
{note: the dates in the clip are the dates from LAST YEAR, not this year}

Hope you can join our family there!

{posted by chelsy}


  1. Can you watch it live? :) Would love to see it!


  2. Hello to all of the Bontragers,
    I'd love to go but December 14th my family and I r going to a local theater to c A Christmas Carol(it's been a tradition for years). Then December 15th my family/I might b having a young couple from church over and then that evening is r churches Christmas Program. Thanks for the invitation!
    In Christ,
    P.S. when Allison has the time and isn't busy, could she email me? NO PRESSURE Allison!

  3. Sounds exciting! Wish we could be there... However I don't think we could fit that into our touring schedule this year. Last I checked Branson, MO wasn't exactly right next door to Kolona, IA. I wonder who's idea that was... :) I'll be praying that y'all will be able to bless many lives with this Christmas production and that it will be a reminder for all of us to put Christ back into the center of our Christmas season.
    -Abby Allen

  4. Dear Anna,
    No, you can't watch it live but maybe there will be a dvd available afterwards? Not sure.:) We will post pictures on the blog, though, I'm sure.

  5. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
    By the way, I'm clotee. It's my first time visiting your blog. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-store. Nice to know you.



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