Walk to Bethlehem this weekend and next
Hudson Baptist Church hosts annual bible experience
A Hudson church will debut an annual interactive biblical recreation of the 2,000 yearold Christmas story this weekend and next.
Walk to Bethlehem, which first began nine years ago at the Hudson Community Baptist Church, has become a much anticipated tradition in the region.
The unique experience casts visitors as travelers in a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s walk to the city Bethlehem on Christmas Eve.
More than 100 church volunteers work for months transforming the rural church’s grounds into a very realistic recreation of olden days Bethlehem.
The family friendly event has visitors interacting with shepherds, angels, Roman centurions and other characters while being led along grounds that have been staged to include a bustling Bethlehem market, an inn, and a stable – with live animals – where the baby Jesus was born.
Almost every member of the church’s congregation participates in the event in some way, either as members of the cast or choirs, or as carpenters, painters, seamstresses, bakers, or by handling the challenges that come with staging an outdoor musical presentation close to a dozen times per night over four nights.
And visitors are invited to enjoy hot chocolate and baked goods following all tours.
Anyone ready to make the trek back in time is advised to dress for outdoor weather and outdoor walking. The experience is free, though donations to help cover the costs incurred staging the theatrical event, are accepted.
The Walk to Bethlehem will take place Nov. 29 & 30, and Dec. 6 & 7, at the Hudson Baptist Church, located at 3141 Côte St-Charles in Saint-Lazare. Admission is free. Friday tours begin at 6 p.m., while Saturday tours start at 5 p.m. New tours start about every 10 minutes and stop at 9 p.m. all four evenings. For information go to www.hudsonbaptist.com, or call 450 458-1945.