Last year for the first time in Alaska the ancient city of Bethlehem came to life at the College Heights Baptist Church on K-Beach Rd during a three day program called Bethlehem Revisited. It was the inspiration of Becky Moore who had experienced a similar pageant in Texas and was led to create one for Alaska. Moore estimated that about 5,000 people attended the event last year which far exceeded her expectations, "I was praying for around a thousand so God did amazing things," she said. "We didn't want the experience to be like an outdoor theatre performance, but more like actually stepping back in time 2,000 years and walking the streets of Bethlehem, shopping for food, buying wares, seeking shelter and perhaps even running into Joesph and Mary," explained Moore.
The event last year was so successful the members of College Heights Baptist Church are going to the efforts of doing it again. "People came from as far away as Anchorage last year and it was such a blessing that everyone wants to make it bigger and better than last year. We have a lot of talented people in our church and so often people think of church talents being singing or teaching, but with this event we utilize people with many different gifts that include carpentry, cooking, pipe fitting, and caring for animals, we utilize the various talents of over 100 volunteers from our church," said Pastor Scott Coffman.
According to Becky Moore this year you'll be able to visit Herod's court and await the nightly parade of the three kings bringing their treasures to Bethlehem's newest citizen, "The streets will be bustling and inside we'll have temple activities and ancient children's crafts as they might have been back in Bethlehem," she said. It'll all begin Sunday December 19th at 5:00pm, "The City gates will be opened by the soldiers and Bethlehem will remain open each night until 8:00pm each night. The live nativity scene will take place each hour on the half hour 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30pm so you won't want to miss those times and Bethlehem Revisited will run through Wednesday night. We invite everyone to come out and travel back to old world Bethlehem with us and make this Christmas a special memory for your family and come back often," said Moore.
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