Bethlehem A.D. kicks off the 2014 season with a barbeque at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, September 28 at Tapestry Church in Redwood City, California.
Cost is free and the celebration comes fully loaded with a barbecue and the sounds of CHROS, a contemporary Christian band with a Caribbean flavor.
CHROS is Chronicles of the Son, a family group formed in the 2011 that is dedicated to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to anyone and everyone whether at a musical event, worship center, street church, open air or any other means of sharing. CHROS is pronounced “cross.”
We also want to encourage anyone who wants to involved to sign up,“ said Paula Paulin Dresden, creative director. There will be information booths, giveaways and some surprises.
“The great thing about Bethlehem A.D. is that someone can be involved at any level. If a person just wants to come in and sew for a few hours, great! If someone want to be in the cast for the entire show and help us build the village, that’s fantastic”, she said.
Bethlehem A.D. boasts an unpaid staff and 600 volunteers. The doors are open for anyone interested in volunteering in Bethlehem A.D. There is plenty to do from dancing as a rooftop angel to building the little town of Bethlehem to singing in the Hallelujah Choir.
Community groups, elected officials and businesses are actively involved and anyone is invited to participate.
Dresden said that Bethlehem A.D. is a family activity with parents often taking on roles and villagers with their youngsters right there beside them.
Bethlehem A.D. is free and is held every year on December 21, December 22 and December 23.
Each night over 10,000 visitors walk through the village, interacting with the colorfully-costumed townspeople who are cooking over fires, creating pottery, buying and selling items in the market place, and giving account of themselves to the census takers. Visitors observe and mingle with Roman centurions on horseback while sages and scholars discussing scripture at the synagogue wonder about the news that the Messiah has been born. Children especially love seeing the live sheep, camels, llamas, cows, and donkeys wandering through the village. The Three Wise Men, who bear a striking resemblance to civic and political leaders, stride through the village to bring their gifts to Christ Child.
Tapestry Church is located at 1305 Middlefield Road in Redwood City. For more information about Bethlehem A.D., the September 28 Kick Off or volunteering as cast and crew, call 650. 386.3821 extension 1302 or visit www.bethlehemad.com.