Journey to Bethlehem
Journey to Bethlehem 2018: November 29,30, December 1, & 6,7,8
Thursday and Friday Journeys begin at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday Journeys begin at 6:00 p.m.
Gate closes at 9:00 each evening (If you are inside the gate by 9:00 you may still take a Journey.)
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.
Getting Involved in Journey to Bethlehem
Thank you for your interest in participating in the wonderful message of Christ’s birth to our community. Each year, thousands of people make the Journey to Bethlehem and, with your help, we hope to take even more people on the journey in years to come!
CLICK HERE to download a PDF document listing the available cast positions for Journey to Bethlehem. (You will need Adobe Reader to open this file)
Please read through the positions available and if you would like to apply, fill out the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM.
Be sure to provide all of the required information. You will be contacted within ten days of submitting your application.
We will begin training for the the next presentation of Journey to Bethlehem in early October. Please watch for e-mails from Journey to Bethlehem concerning casting, scripting, training, costuming, and rehearsals.
Again, thank you for your interest in being a part of Journey to Bethlehem. We know that you will be abundantly blessed by the results of your work helping to spread the marvelous message:
“For God so loved the world, He sent His only begotten Son, that whosever believes in Him will receive life everlasting”….John 3:16.
Director of Production: Tamara Hott
Casting Director: Tammy Hott
Director of Roman Soldiers: Jerry Freeman
Costume Director: Susan Bowman
Grounds and Sets: Steve Buckner, Jr., Brian Jerner