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Members of Faith Baptist Church in Trinity, N.C., present "Mayberry Christmas," an unusual take on the Christmas play. Church members Chuck Hughes (l) played Otis the town drunk, Tommy Poland played Gomer (seated) and Jeff Foster (wearing hat) played Ernest T. Bass. (photo courtesy Faith Baptist Church / spec to N&R)

Barney accidentally locks himself in jail as the mischievous Ernest T. Bass runs off with the key.

Sound like a rerun of “The Andy Griffith Show”? Actually it’s this year’s Christmas play at Faith Baptist Church in Trinity.

When Gomer, dressed in a Santa suit, goes over to Andy’s to get the spare key, Aunt Bee, mistaking him for a burglar, runs him off with a broom — leaving Barney locked up for Christmas and the audience in stitches.

There’s still plenty of time to take in unusual tellings of the traditional Christmas story.

“We know what God did in history, and that’s a reality we firmly hold onto,” says Faith Baptist pastor Steve Welborn, who writes a new “Mayberry’’ script each year. The Christmas play is at 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday .

“The people who wouldn’t come for a ‘normal church service’ might be drawn by the comedy and still get the gospel in clear terms,” Welborn says.

Our Father Lutheran Church and Sedgefield Presbyterian put on a drive-through nativity that runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Our Father Lutheran on Groometown Road.

“They don’t have to get out of their car; it takes five minutes to drive through the parking lot,” says Susan Wilson, one of the organizers, who asks visitors to leave a canned or nonperishable item.

Contact Nancy H. McLaughlin

at 373-7049 or nmclaughlin@

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