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Beloved tradition at Providence Baptist

 The annual Living Singing Christmas Tree returns next month to Providence Baptist Church, Ordinary.

Every year, the church constructs a fully decorated Christmas “tree” in its sanctuary that reaches the ceiling at 15-17 feet tall. The seven rows of the tree hold 50-60 people, all singing songs about the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This year’s performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15.

The Living Singing Christmas Tree began at Providence Baptist Church in 1987 under the direction of former worship director, the late Donald Ambrose, who served there for over 25 years. His granddaughter, Eden Blaylock, the current worship director, has continued the tradition. The main point of this event is to give people hope and to “teach people the gospel,” said Blaylock.

There is a lot of planning to prepare for the Living Singing Christmas Tree each year. Blaylock must order ...

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