Members and friends of First Church Coral Springs are working hard to get Bethlehem Revisited ready.
“We have built Bethlehem Revisited in less than six weeks,” said Janet Brockway, a leader of the project. “It has been so exciting and it brings people together.”
About 340 volunteers including members of the Deerfield Beach High School Marine Corps JROTC have participated in the construction of the project. There was concern that it would be hard to find a family to play Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. But families came forward. There was concern that few people wanted to play Roman soldiers. But people came froward for those roles. This year, First Church Coral Springs has a new pastor, Vance Rains. He will participate in his own way. He may park cars one night, play a role in the presentation or hand out free Bibles. This will be his first experience with Bethlehem Revisited.
“This is our Christmas Card to the community,” said Brockway. “We don’t want to be pushy about our message. This is what Christmas is about. We will be kind to those who come to Bethlehem Revisited. It is free to the community.”
Those who come will see what Bethlehem was like on the day Jesus was born. Upon entering, you will meet a census taker. Then people walk through a recreated Bethlehem and see 17 shops as they were 2,000 years ago. You can see how papyrus was made, a honey shop and how food was prepared. Bethlehem means House of Bread in Hebrew and you can see how bread was made there. Also, there are Roman soldiers who act obnoxious. And there is the stable with Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. Members of the congregation play the various roles of Bethlehem residents and they remain in character during the night.