by Lisa Tome
Now, everyone can take a Journey to Bethlehem.
For the first time ever, those at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church have made their annual live Bible-based story of Christmas accessible to all.
The church has hosted this event for about a dozen years. This year, they have made preparations so they can accommodate the handicapped, explained Donna Toliver, who is the church's administrative assistant, treasurer, and secretary.
Journey to Bethlehem features a camel, donkey and sheep from the Plumpton Park Zoo. The story takes viewers from the angel telling Mary about the coming birth of Jesus, to the birth, to the cross. There are approximately 35 actors, including children in the field playing roles. There is also live music intended to show the meaning of Christmas.
"It takes a lot of people to do this," said Toliver.
Toliver said that church members also serve as greeters. The church kitchen will be open. There will be free sandwiches, soup, and hot chocolate.
The event will be held Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16 from 6-8 p.m. both nights. Admission is free. You may register online but registration is not required to attend at www.calvaryrisingsun.com. The event will be held despite cold weather but won't be held if it rains. Toliver also said that Journey to Bethlehem has a following. "We see people who come repetitively. We get people from Delaware, Pennsylvania and Baltimore. And they bring new people," she said. "And a lot just stop by. They see it from the road and want to know what's going on."