First Church Coral Springs offered Bethlehem Revisited, a recreation of Bethlehem as it was when Jesus was born. Members of the congregation have spent years researching ancient middle eastern cities and have worked hard to present such a community. There are 17 shops showing everything from blacksmith, honey making, papyrus, bread making, vegetables, meat, perfume and many other trades and occupations. There are live animals and the holy family, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus played by members of the congregation. About 350 volunteered to put on the presentation. They dress in clothing worn in ancient times and remain in character.
“When you come to Bethlehem Revisited, you leave the modern world behind,” said Christy Blanc, who worked on the presentation. “We are blessed to be able to put on this presentation.”
Janet Brockway, a leader of Bethlehem Revisited was pleased that so many people came to see the presentation. “This is our gift to the community. It is free and we want to people to experience the true meaning of Christmas,” she said.