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Easter play returns to Providence

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

A long-standing tradition is returning to Providence Baptist Church #2.

Its outdoor Easter production will be presented this year, after being canceled last year due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.

The production had been a yearly part of the church’s Easter celebration since 1981.

It will be presented March 28 at 3 p.m. and on April 4 (Easter) at 6 a.m.

Pastor Glenn Bonds said the March 28 presentation is a dress rehearsal for the Easter service, but many community members have come out in the past to watch the performance.

“It has been a real good adventure for everyone,” Bonds said. “We have had people to be born and grow up being in it as a child, then as young people, now as adults.”

He said the play has helped many children at the church better understand the Bible.

“Other than the songs, the script is taken right from the Scripture,” Bonds said.

Some of the songs are changed each year.

Last year, just as rehearsals were about to start COVID-19, social distancing restrictions meant the church could not meet.

Family and friends from other churches are participating this year to help Providence have a full cast. Bonds said attendance has been down because of the pandemic.

“We just encourage everyone to come this year since we missed last year,” Bonds said. “It would be a good way for them to celebrate Easter and get used to coming back to church after the virus and all that.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

Providence Baptist Church #2 is located at 6197 County Road 97 in Clanton.