“O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie.”
But was it? Still. Silent. Or was Bethlehem a hustling and bustling little town? After all, the people had been ordered by Caesar Augustus to return to their own city to be taxed.
“Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, the silent stars go by.”
How silent could it have been with that many people in town? There was no room at the inn for Mary and Joseph. Were they the only ones facing sleeping outdoors?
This Christmas season, New Victory Baptist Church is bringing the streets of Bethlehem to life in an outdoor drama. Area residents are invited to travel along “The Road to Bethlehem,” to be presented Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the church, located at 529 Conklin Road in Jonesborough.
Each visitor will register in the king’s palace, where he or she will wait on the next available transportation – a hay wagon – to Bethlehem. While touring Bethlehem, travelers may encounter many unexpected sights.
“We at New Victory Baptist Church invite you to experience some of the things Mary and Joseph may have faced on that fateful night so many years ago,” said Helen Dickeson, who leads the church’s drama ministry. “We also want you to experience the joy Mary and Joseph felt that night with the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
“God gave us the gift of his only begotten son, and this drama is our gift – to help our community know the true joy of Christmas.”
There is no admission fee, and free child care will be available for children up to age 4. Free refreshments will be served. For more information, please call New Victory Baptist Church at 913-3802 or Helen Dickeson at 753-8258.