Walk to Beth­le­hem this wee­kend and next

Hud­son Bap­tist Church hosts an­nual bible ex­pe­rience

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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.

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