By Kristian Vasquez –
The Park Avenue Music Ministry presented “The Jesus Gift” Christmas play on Sunday at Park Avenue Baptist Church. It was held at 1910 Martin Luther King Boulevard at 3:00PM and performed by the AM Simpson children’s choir and the sanctuary choir of the PABC music ministry.
The production attempted to show the true manner of the birth of Jesus Christ. The play was inspired by Park Avenue member Mildred Mason. “I just wanted the kids to be together” Mason said. “They did a beautiful job.”
The play was written by long time member Elisa Henderson who also wrote several other plays for the church and whose children, nieces, and nephews also play a big part in her presentations.
“The original play started a long time ago with the birth of Jesus” Henderson said. “I use the bible for inspiration.” Both Henderson and the AM Simpson choir director Ayanna Smith worked with the children who had prepared for the play since October. The pews were filled with family and friends of the children and members of the church. Also in attendance was PABC pastor Larry E. Campbell.
“The children were wonderful” Campbell said.
“When God gets ready to do something, he starts with the children.”
“We should shout it from the mountain tops,” the narrator said concluding the play, “that Jesus Christ our Lord and savior has come to redeem us from this sin sick world. Hallelujah amen.”
The production ended with both the sanctuary and children’s choir singing the hymn “Glory to God in the Highest.”
Henderson said that her next play will be an Easter themed presentation that splits biblical and modern takes on right and wrong choices.
Bethel AME Holiday Musical
Bethel AME Music Ministry will host a magical holiday musical featuring the Bethel’s Friends of Worship comprised of the Bethel Celestrial Choir, the Bethel Youth Choir and the Bethel Men’s Choir this Saturday, December 18, 2010 at St. Paul AME Church, 1355 West 21st Street, San Bernardino. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m.