Windsor Hills United Methodist Church “A Night in Bethlehem”, a Hands-On Holy Land Experience. Tommy and Tom Simpson. Courtesy of Kris Stutsman
Windsor Hills United Methodist Church wants to invite you to their first rendition of “A Night in Bethlehem on Sunday, Dec. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church on the corner of Mudlick and Windsor Road.
A Night in Bethlehem will take you and your family back in time to ancient Bethlehem where you will see, hear, smell, and taste what life was like when Jesus was born.
“It’s for the entire family and for them to be together. To hear the music, sounds, and smell the food- it’s geared to let people know that God loves you,” Kris Stutsman said.
About 30 volunteers from Windsor Hill UMC, including the youth, will be putting on “A Night in Bethlehem” and have been preparing for the event for about two months.
Actors include, Matthew Bennett and R.J. Eaton as Roman Soldiers, Daniel Bennett and Tommy Simpson as Census Takers, Brenda Simpson as a Beggar, Tom Simpson as a Tax Collector, and Cody Wheeler, Matthew Simpson, Scott Bledsoe, and Thomas Kidd as Shepherds.
“I hope people come and realize that this is what Christmas is all about and we wish everyone well,” Karen Saunders said.
“We’ve opened this up to everyone. It’s nice to know we are all Shepherds and that people can come somewhere and enjoy Christmas with their family in an interactive and creative way,” Stutsman said.
Families will get to visit a marketplace and stable and activities like writing on scrolls during the census and hear from Mary and Joseph about the birth of Jesus and his love. Families will learn firsthand about the world Jesus lived in and share God’s love.
Upon arrival, participants will hear music and the sounds of a bustling village in the ancient city of Bethlehem. Each person will sign in for the census and meet the tax collector. Then they will travel to the marketplace families will be able to visit eight different stables including, the scribe, carpenter, shepherd’s shop, bakery, candy shop, leather working, metalworking, and then the stable where Jesus was born. Five of the shops will be making small pieces of a nativity which will be handed to the guests. At the end they will have a complete nativity. At the stable shepherds will lead families to the stable where they can interact and talk with Mary and Joseph.
Windsor Hills UMC wants to reach out to the community with this event and let the community know that God loves them and wants a relationship with them.
For more information, call the church at 774-4730.