POMEROY — Again this year, there will be a living nativity scene from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday nights at Emi’s Place — the Emily Grace Deem Remembrance Park on East Main Street — for the public to enjoy.
Titled “Away in a Manger”, the scene and program will include scripture readings, a candle lighting ceremony in remembrance of a loved one, and special music by Emi’s Angel Choir. The choir was organized by Sharon Hawley and Paulette Harrison especially for the nativity program. Seven selections by a group of 11 girls attired in angel costumes will be presented just after 6 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.
The choir was organized in October and has been practicing every week since in preparation for their part of the program. The inspiration for organizing an angel choir came from Harrison who traditionally attends the presentation and felt live music would be an addition. The plan is to make the choir an annual part of the celebration of our Savior’s birth.
As in past years, the Grace Episcopal Church has opened its doors to participants who might need to move inside to get warm . Members will also be serving warm soup and beverages to the participants and the public.
There is no admission fee to the event.
Many of those participating in the nativity scene were friends of Emily, band students, softball girls and church friends. She was the daughter of Jamie and David Deem, and the park was built in her memory. The play area where the equipment is will be closed during the nativity celebrations.