Pilgrimage to Bethlehem

Take a walk during the Pilgrimage to Bethlehem, Dec. 8 and 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m. At Immanuel Lutheran Church. Tours were held every 20 minutes and follow Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus. File photo by Jason Hennington

WHAT: Pilgrimage to Bethlehem

WHEN: Dec. 8-9

TIME: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Immanuel Luther Church, 411 CR 401 in Taylor

Next weekend, you do not want to miss the annual telling of the Christmas story when Immanuel Lutheran Church, 411 CR 401, hosts a Pilgrimage to Bethlehem.

On Dec. 8 and 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., take a walk and see the recreation of when Jesus was born.

The story begins in the city of Nazareth where the angel Gabriel came to Mary and Joseph to tell them they were going to have a son. Then, the story moves into the city of Bethlehem, and the set features inns and a marketplace.

The final scene, the birth of Christ, is at the manger and includes shepherds, wisemen and angels.

More than 100 actors and actresses participate and help make the production a success. Music is incorporated into the tour, which begins at the front of the church and moves into the village and back outside.

As people arrive, they will go into the church and sing Christmas songs along with the choir. Groups of 20-25 are called every 20 minutes for a tour to begin. A guide will lead the groups through the scenes.

Along with the recreation of the Christmas story, the event is also a food drive for Shepherd's Heart and the Hutto food pantries. The church is collecting monetary donations and non-perishable food items.

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