Once again this year thanks to the congregation of the College Heights Baptist Church you may be magically transported back to the first Christmas some 2,000 years ago. Imagine you are walking the streets of ancient Bethlehem as Mary & Joseph did that night when their child was born. Encounter the inn keeper with no room for them, meet a Roman soldier and tax collector as he extracts his due from vendors and craftsmen. Then follow the star for yourself to the site of the nativity and hear the heavenly host singing. You can also experience Herod’s court and join a nightly parade of the three kings as they bring their treasures to Bethlehem’s newest citizen.
Bethlehem Revisited was brought to Alaska by Becky Moore after she visited a similar pageant in Texas, “Every year we add something new and different to entertain the community but at the same time teach people the real meaning of Christmas. So this year in addition to more outside events that re-enact the birth of Jesus in the town Bethlehem we will guide people inside our fellowship hall where we will have some folks acting out some of the miracles during the three years of his ministry then in the sanctuary we will have the death and burial of Jesus and his resurrection so we cover the whole life of Jesus during the event,” she said. According to Moore she and her team have been working on the spectacle since April, “I have a really great team and that’s what brings it all together and right now we are really excited about it this year,” she said. Moore’s grandchildren Denali and Jayvan Blackwell will play a shepherd and an angel this year and say they enjoy the experience regardless of the weather, “The goats can be difficult sometimes but that’s the way they are I guess and it’s fun being in this production we put on every two years,” said Jayvan. This year’s pageant will be Friday, December 18th through Monday the 21st with the nativity on the half hour between 5:00pm and 8:00pm. College Height Baptist Church is located on K-Beach Rd. “The whole community is invited to come by, but dress warmly and enjoy the realism of being outdoors, there is no admission charge and remember it only happens every two years,” said Moore.