As November begins to unwind, the sanctuary of Green Springs Baptist Church is transformed by the construction of a Christmas tree that spans more than 20 feet into the air. Soaring to the ceiling, the tree is lovingly adorned with greenery, lights and ribbons by the church members, and for one weekend only, it will come to life as the Green Springs Music Ministry presents A Baby Changes Everything during its annual singing Christmas tree.
The church has been hosting the event for almost 15 years, and Charles Stevens, who along with his wife Laura, serve as the music ministers, doesn’t see it stopping any time soon.
“It really has become a Christmas tradition for us,” said Stevens. “We spend about four days putting the tree up, and we spend about four months rehearsing for the event.”
Stevens said the music for this year’s event is very moving.
“The basis of the performance is the song ‘A Baby Changes Everything.’ Just like that baby changes the life of his mother, he also changes the lives of men and women throughout the world,” said Stevens.
The choir will be joined by the children’s choir, the Joy Singers, the Green Springs Trio and a men’s ensemble.
“This event truly brings all of the church together,” he said.
While there is no admission fee, the church asks those who are able to bring a canned food item for donation to the Gray’s Creek Christian Center.
“We know there are so many in need at this time of year, and this is a way to help them,” continued Stevens. “But if you can’t bring anything, come anyway.”
Refreshments will be served after each peformance and the public is invited to attend.
Shows are Friday, Dec. 3, Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.
Green Springs Baptist Church is located at 1095 E. Green Springs Rd., just off Highway 301 South. For more information, call 425-8602 or visit the website at www.greenspringsbaptistchurch.com.