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An Evening in December at Amelia Baptist Church

Nov 23, 2015 02:00AM
This year marks the 19th year of An Evening in December, which will be presented Friday and Sunday, December 11 and 13, at7:00 p.m. at Amelia Baptist Church in Fernandina Beach. The community is invited to enjoy this annual celebration of the Christmas Story, which is presented each year in a unique blend of choral music, drama, and dance. The theme of this year’s presentation is “Unexpected Joy.”

Pam Helton, Minister of Music, has assembled a community choir of more than 100 singers from this region including numerous area churches. Accompanying the choir this year are 16 instrumentalists from the Jacksonville Symphony, the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, the University of North Florida, and the NE Florida region. The program includes familiar Christmas music combined with an original drama written by Peggy Strickland and presented by the Amelia Baptist Drama Team. As the drama unfolds, a grandfather challenges his grandchildren to shift their focus away from playing with their electronic devices to putting themselves in the shoes of the first witnesses of the birth of Christ. Their mission leads to ‘unexpected joy.’

The inspiring musical selections are diverse, including arrangements that are fresh, new expressions of familiar carols by several contemporary arrangers. The program also features two local dance students who are attending Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Each year the church offers an evening of music and drama as its gift to the community. No admission is charged. Musicians from across the area join in this annual celebration of Christmas. Performances are always well attended, so people are encouraged to arrive early for best seating. Childcare through age four is available with reservations. To inquire about childcare, please call the church office at 261-9527. Amelia Baptist Church is located at 961167 Buccaneer Trail where it intersects with S. Fletcher Avenue and First Coast Highway at the roundabout near Harris Teeter. For more information, contact Pam Helton at 904-261-9527 or Allen Lennon at 904-261-8799