An Easter tradition in Bethel is the annual drama held at Bethel Baptist Church. Sometimes the same program runs for several years, but this year’s drama, “Lamb of God,” is a brand new story.

Church member Nancy Shelton both writes and directs the programs, which will be held at 7 p.m. April 19 to 21 this year.

“The story is written from a shepherd’s point of view,” Shelton said. “A shepherd was in a field when the angel told about the birth of Jesus. The drama tells about him following the life of Jesus and then being at the crucification.”

As in other dramas Shelton has written, there are flashbacks between present and past as the shepherd and his family look back at different points when their lives have intersected the life of Jesus.

The Bethel Baptist Easter drama has become a tradition across the county when all are invited to the performances. Those bringing groups are asked to make arrangements by calling the church office at 648-4106.

There is also a growing demand within church members who want to be part of the drama, Shelton said.

“This year’s cast is the largest ever — about 50,” she said. “So many people wanted to be in it that I wrote extra parts into it to try and fit them all in.”

Something new this year will be Jesus’ baptism and scenes from groups of individuals Jesus spoke with during his time on Earth.

Bethel Baptist is located at 5868 Pigeon Road in Canton.

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