Return to Bethlehem will take visitors back in time.
“It’s a re-enactment of Biblical events leading to the birth of Christ,” said Marianne Harlan, director of worship arts and administrator for Grace United Methodist Church.
The free event is being held today through Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the field beside Grace United Methodist Church.
Those who are handicapped can drive through the scenes, but must be parked in front of the church’s Wesley Center by 5:45 p.m. each night.
“It’s a gift to the community from Grace United Methodist Church,” said Harlan. “It represents God’s gift to us which is free – his gift of love.”
The production includes 25 scenes from the annunciation to the manger. There will also be live animals and artists at work.
About 400 people make up the cast. There will also be guides who will each portray a Biblical character and will guide visitors on through the scenes.
“You take in the sights and smells of what it would have been like,” she said.
Being a part of such a production is a great way to reach out to the community and share the story of Jesus’s birth, said Brittany Wisner, who will portray Mary during the event.
“You’ve read the story, but to be a part of it, it’s a different story,” she said.
“It makes it more real,” added Margaret McKibbin, who assisted with the costume fittings for the event.