Christmas story shines

Once again this Christmas season, Emmanuel Baptist Church will be transformed into a scene right out of Bethlehem.

Once again this Christmas season, Emmanuel Baptist Church will be transformed into a scene right out of Bethlehem.

It’s all part of Bethlehem Star from Friday to Sunday at the church, located at 3412 – 15th Ave.

“Our whole church gets involved and puts in a lot of effort each year,” said senior Pastor Robert Murdock. “It’s all worth it though when you see the faces of children and adults alike as they wander through the marketplace, experience the live play and see all the visual beauty that the displays in the gymnasium have to offer.”

Take in the captivating production any or all of the three days – Friday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., plus Saturday, and Sunday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Travel through the exciting Bethlehem Marketplace, bustling with activity and teeming with more stalls for this year’s performance.

You can barter for goods with real shekels, be entertained by the travelling minstrels and interact with the animals.

After the busy marketplace, sit and enjoy the live theatrical production of The Promise. Imagine a young unwed teenager, pregnant, in a culture where the situation would bring shame on her and her family. It is a journey of faith and obedience for Mary, her parents and her betrothed.

The Promise runs at half hour intervals with the last showing each evening at 7:30 p.m.

Fast forward to a modern day Christmas Wonderland where you will be mesmerized by thought-provoking live stills. They depict the wonders of giving and receiving amongst family, friends and the community. Come for a cup of hot chocolate and a snack to wrap up the hour-long event.

Several hundred volunteers make it all possible, planning and working on the production six months in advance.

Admission to the event is free and there’s plenty of supervised parking available.

For more details and a video of the event, visit


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