Kings Ave Baptist Walk Through BethlehamDuring the month of December, Kings Avenue Baptist Church will undergo a huge transition, continuing its annual tradition of Walk Thru Bethlehem, a live portrayal of the city of Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago.
Residents are invited to walk the streets of the recreated city from Thursday through Friday, December 11-14, starting their travels with the town’s census taker who will lead the guided tour. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder, guests will be escorted through the walkways of vendors, using their senses of sight, smell and touch to reconnect them to the past’s trades of the day. Hearing the locals’ whispers of a saviour being born, partakers will be shuffled along by Roman soldiers, passing city dwellers and animals within the city’s walls. After meeting the Three Wise Men, guests will be witness to Jesus Christ’s beginnings in a manger. Focusing on His purpose in this world, onlookers will then observe his ultimate sacrifice upon the cross and resurrection from the tomb in which his body was laid.
Its 22nd depiction of “the true meaning of Christmas,” according to Publicity Chair Catherine Clark, Walk Thru Bethlehem is said to be created “as a gift to the community,” provided by members’ contributions as well as over 200 members’ time and help. The free event, taking place at Kings Avenue Church located at 2602 S. Kings Ave. in Brandon, will span Thursday, December 11, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., Friday, December 12, from 6:30- 10 p.m., Saturday, December 13, from 4-10 p.m. and Sunday, December 14, from 4-9:30 p.m.
With an attendance of over 4,000 residents last year, guests may want to get to the church a bit early. It is providing the option to register and return upon the designated time given, if time allows. If not, attendees are welcome to enjoy the musical entertainment provided with concessions onsite.
“Come and enjoy the re-enactment with your family and friends. You will never forget this experience,” concludes Clark.
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