FUMCE will host the 30th annual holiday tradition of Bethlehem Walk on Dec. 8 to 10. Free to the public, Bethlehem Walk invites visitors to experience a re-creation of the traditional birthplace of Jesus.
Bethlehem Walk is set in the time of Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor who decreed that a census be taken and set in motion the event we now celebrate as Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Upon entering the lively city, the thousands of visitors that come to Bethlehem Walk each year embark on a guided tour through masterfully-staged open areas of the church grounds. With live artisans, animals, merchants, prophets and Roman soldiers, visitors become part of the nativity story as they make their way through bustling streets to the inn and, finally, to a real, newborn baby kept warm in a manager.
Bethlehem Walk tours begin every five minutes during designated times: Friday, Dec. 8, 5:30-8:55 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 9, 4-8:25 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 10, 4-7:55 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and are provided priority entrance in the tour groups.
Beginning on Monday, Nov. 27, at 8:30 a.m., RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE BELOW.
Because Bethlehem Walk is outdoors, participants should dress appropriately. The event will not be cancelled due to inclement weather. The event is family-friendly and handicapped accessible. Bethlehem Walk guests are encouraged to bring donations of nonperishable food items for Interfaith Community Services.