It was standing room only at Natchitoches’ First Baptist Church on 2nd Street as the congregation carried on a local holiday tradition well over 25 years in the making with the premier of their 2022 Christmastime production of “It’s Christmas Again!”, Friday Dec 9th. Dr. Alan Shoumaker, Minister of Music and Worship led a musical group of 50 singers, a 12-piece orchestra, and 35 children. The superbly talented group performed an eclectic mix of 14 carols and hymns. Pastor Tommy Rush also delivered a Christmas message.
Planning for the concerts starts several months in advance, but the event is never far from Dr. Shoumaker’s mind throughout the year. The concert is a beloved local tradition that draws performers and audience from around the area and is a mainstay of many families’ Christmas plans.
The church’s next performance will be at the downtown riverbank stage on Wednesday, December 14 at 6:00 p.m.