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Westview plans annual live nativity this weekend in Opp

Opp’s Westview Baptist Church has built a new set for its annual Live Nativity, set for Fri., Sat. and Sun., Dec. 15, 16, and 17, from 6 until 9 p.m.

Music director Roger McLain said this year’s event will be quite different from the usual walk through Bethlehem the church has staged for the past several years.

“We will have a live nativity built in front of the church office,” he said. “It will be quite different. You will be able to see it from the highway, and we will have shepherds, Mary, Joseph and the baby, and the animals.”

In the background, viewers will hear the Christmas story.

Even though the format is changing, McClain said viewers will still be able to see the camel, a perennial favorite, as well as sheep, donkeys and a cow, which is a first this year.

“We think it will be very nice and we will get lots of traffic,” McClain said.

Parking will be in the main lot, and visitors will walk up to the Nativity and stay as long as they like. Church members will man a hospitality tent.

“It’s like a Christmas present to community,” McClain said.