First Church Congregational to “Visit” Bethlehem

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Visitors of First Church Congregational, on the Square in Downtown Painesville, will “travel” to Bethlehem at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 20, to celebrate the Miracle of Jesus.

All who attend this service will receive a map of the city from our gatekeepers at the city gates and then travel through the marketplace of Bethlehem. Visitors will enter the sanctuary, as would occur most Sundays. Children will have a brief program of music followed by an adventure in Bethlehem that all are invited to visit.

As Pastor Tom Cofer said, “The visit to Bethlehem offers all of us a unique experience. So, join us as we celebrate the Miracle of Jesus!”

While in Bethlehem, visitors will hear stories at the city’s Wool Trader, Spice Shoppe, Bakery, Census Office, Fisher’s Pier and our Toy Shoppe. The city will be especially accessible to children – as well as adults.

All will have opportunities to learn:

  • About spices and how they were made in Bethlehem.
  • Writing in Hebrew, the dominate language of the times.
  • Visitors may have a snack at the bakery and hear a story from Bethlehem’s Baker.
  • The Wool Trader will even teach, visitors a way to play a simple Bethlehem game with your friends and a little bit of wool.
  • Anyone who stops to visit will hear how toys were made in our Toy Shoppe.
  • One of Bethlehem’s fine Fishermen will even help visitors to catch a fish.

Throughout the tour of Bethlehem, visitors will hear many different stories about Jesus birth and how the Christmas story didn’t just end that night at the manger.

For First Church Congregational, these travels to Bethlehem are a combined service at 10 a.m. Both the 9 a.m. service and 11 a.m. service will be combined for the single 10 a.m. service.

Gabe Arnold
Author: Gabe Arnold