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DECEMBER 2ND & 3RD

5:30PM - 8:30PM

During this 3-hour Christmas program, families wander through the bustling Bethlehem marketplace and discover what life was like when Jesus was born. Unlike your typical “living Nativity,” everyone will create unique keepsakes as they interact with local shopkeepers who share the Christmas story. And…they’ll love talking to Mary and Joseph in The Stable—and hearing about the miracle of Jesus’ birth.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?

 

YOUR STOPS ALONG THE WAY!

 
 
 

THE CITY GATES
Everyone will register here and get a Traveler’s Tote to hold their Bethlehem treasures.

BETHLEHEM BAKERY
Where families enjoy tasty treats.

PAINTER'S HUT
The hot spot for creating unique, take-home Christmas ornaments.

POTTERY SHED
Special Terra-Cotta Clay lets everyone create their very own pottery.

THE STABLE
Mary and Joseph tell about the miracle of their new baby, Jesus.

SCRIBE'S TENT
At this stop participants will try their hand at Hebrew lettering... and tuck special messages into their very own Scripture Keepers.

METAL SHOP
Where foil-rubbing creates one-of-a-kind keepsake nameplates.

CARPENTRY SHOP
A fun “I can do it myself” experience for kids.

VILLAGE PHOTOGRAPHER
Families will love this stop, and receiving their special photos in Follow-Up Foto Frames.

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DONATIONS NEEDED

All donations, small or large, are greatly appreciated!

 

Volunteer Opportunities

(all opportunities listed below)

 
 

GREETERS AND GUIDES:

These people will be responsible for walking around in costume, greeting guests, and helping to direct people where they need to go.


ShopKeepers and Shop Helpers:

In the marketplace will be lots of shops like a bakery, pottery shop, metal shop, carpentry shop and others. The Shopkeeper is the leader for that station (shop), and we need at least 3 additional station helpers for each shop, all dressed in costume of tunics and head covers. The shopkeeper is responsible for getting supplies and materials from the Director and coordinating the helpers, learning the activity and any dialogue. The station helpers help set up the station, organize supplies before the event each night, and, during the night, distribute supplies and help children with the craft.


- Mary & Joseph for the live nativity (THESE SPOTS ARE FILLED)
- Angel for the Nativity
- Narrator to read some scripture for the Nativity
- 4 Roman soldiers as entrance guards and patrolling guards; ( 2 OF THESE SPOTS ARE FILLED)
- Rabbi to teach and tell stories in the temple; (THIS SPOT IS FILLED).
- Several extras to serve as greeters and guides dressed as shepherds and
common people in the marketplace to mingle with the families as they rotate
through the shops.

Drama Parts:


SET DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION TEAM:

This team will be a combination of builders as well as artists and crafty people.  Construction people will be needed to build a manger, assemble some columns for the temple, make animal pens out of pallets, put together the main entrance gate to the city.  We need artists who can paint backdrops, make props like pottery, stone blocks, make helmets, breastplates, and spears for the Roman soldier out of cardboard and foil, make cardboard palm trees for the marketplace, and cut out Styrofoam stones to create the stone wall city gate entrance.


SETUP AND DECORATING TEAM:

This team will be responsible for setting up backdrops, stone (Styrofoam) walls, all the tents and tables and props for the marketplace and the live nativity.


REGISTRATION TEAM:

From now until the event, this team is responsible for getting registration forms printed, cut, assembled, gathering supplies like blank nametag stickers and pens, as well as make signs for the registration area from the clipart provided.  The day the event starts, a few members of this team would be responsible for setting up registration tables and making sure all the registration forms, nametags, pens, and signs are in place.  During the 2 nights of the event, this team will be the “Census Takers” and will be the first point of contact at the registration tables set up in the foyer of the Sanctuary. Here the parents will fill out a registration form and be given nametags for themselves and their children.  After the event is over, this team will be responsible for getting all this registration information organized and delivered to the Outreach and Follow-up Coordinator.


TEARDOWN & CLEAN UP TEAM:

This team will be responsible for taking down tents and decorations, as well as the larger things like entrance gate, temple columns, and animal corrals, organizing and packing everything away in the storage rooms.  The team will also help with vacuuming Family Life Center, hallways and sanctuary, and cleaning up any debris in the parking lots, on the Monday following the event.


OUTREACH AND FOLLOW-UP TEAM:

This team will be responsible for outreach both before the event and after the event.  Before the event, they will be responsible for getting the word out at church and in the community through posters, flyers, advertising, phone calls, and visitation.  After the event, this team will be responsible for following up with the visitor families through phonecalls and visitation.