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journey to bethlehem

Journey to Bethlehem 2014:
December 4, 5 & 6 and December 11, 12 & 13
(Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights)
Gates open at 5 p.m.
Gates close at 9 p.m. each night.
   Journey To Bethlehem  is an interactive walking tour from the town of Nazareth to Bethlehem.  The journey recreates the events that happened on the evening of Christ's birth.  The journey begins as you become a part of a family (about 30 people) making a trip to Bethlehem to pay their taxes and be counted under the law of the land.
The trip, which takes about 45 minutes, and is one mile in length, will provide you with a glimpse of the events of the times.  Your journey will start as you look at a map & speak with the mapmaker who will direct you on your journey.  Along the way you will meet with other families who are journeying to their birthplace.  You will talk with the shepherds who have a magnificent story to tell about a baby that has been born in Bethlehem, and meet the three wise men who also are seeking this child.
   Your journey will be full of encounters with Roman Soldiers, both on horseback and in patrol teams.  They will order you, "Jews" to comply with Roman Law.
The mysterious appearance of an angel who announces the birth of Christ, and a visit to the Bethlehem marketplace will quicken your spirit and fill your senses.  The culmination of the trip finds you visiting the inn where there is no room for your family to sleep, and finally the stable where you will discover the Christ child, Mary and Joseph.
   This is a family event and you are encouraged to bring your children.  However, the path is very uneven and covered with wood chips, strollers and wheelchairs are not recommended.  Please dress your family warmly as it is typically very cold and the event takes place outdoors.  You are welcome to come as early as you wish to secure a spot in line - due to the overwhelming response each year, reservations cannot be made.  Please be advised that some persons may have a difficult time completing the 45 minute walk.
Directions To Journey:
    Journey is located on our 20 acre church site located at 3754 East Service Road, Ceres - click here for directions