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NSBC pageant stresses the meaning of Christmas

Children perform as part of last year’s production of “A Baby Changes Everything” at North Syracuse Baptist Church. This year, the church will perform "Searching for the King."

Children perform as part of last year’s production of “A Baby Changes Everything” at North Syracuse Baptist Church. This year, the church will perform "Searching for the King."

— The North Syracuse Baptist Church is hoping their annual Christmas pageant will help you find the true meaning of Christmas.

“We’d like to give this to the community as a gift,” said Assistant Pastor Bill Marshall. “It’s a way to spend time with our families, make an effort to reach out to those around us with this story. It’s such a busy time. We’re giving the community a place to come and have fun and enjoy a peaceful evening.”

This year’s show is called “Searching for the King.” It presents the timely story of a modern-day soldier making his trek through the Middle Eastern desert, struggling with his beliefs after losing his best friend to the War on Terror. It’s told in tandem with a parallel storyline of two Magi traveling the same desert in Biblical times, following a star as they search for the king they know is coming.

According to Annette Davie, who directed the pageant, this is the first time the church has put on this particular show, though the church has put on some kind of Christmas pageant since 1993. Davie said this story was one the church was happy to tell, given the number of military families in the Central New York community.

“People are making huge sacrifices right now, and the holidays are a particularly difficult time for those families with their loved ones being away,” she said. “This production, we felt, was something that might help them feel connected. It seemed like a way to draw attention to it in a supportive way. When you see this, you’re able to see something you can relate to and feel like you’re not alone. That’s a very important thing at Christmas time, and it was important for us to support them.”

Unlike traditional Christmas pageants, NSBC’s have always invited significant audience participation, which could account for their high attendance rate – Davie said past shows have drawn as many as 1,000 people a night.

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