In the true spirit of the season, the Bethlehem Walk will be held again in Rimbey, symbolizing in a special way, the Christmas Story.
The walk is to be held Sunday, Dec 2 at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. and will take place at the Alliance Church property on 54th Avenue.
The walk will take modern day travellers to several stations where actors dressed in appropriate costumes will do their part to depict the walk Mary and Joseph took to Bethlehem where the baby Jesus was born.
The biblical story is re-created through the help of farmers who bring in hay and live animals as well as through a sound system and special lighting.
The walk begins appropriately with actors portraying Mary and the angel Gabriel stationed at the first stop along the journey.
Actors dressed as Caesar and some dressed as tax collectors accept monetary and food donations for the food bank at the second station.
And, the third station is set up as an inn where there is no vacancy.
The Christian Reform Church choir dressed in white robes portraying angels singing of Jesus’ birth make the fourth station a truly magnificent, awe inspiring part of the walk.
And finally, the lowly manger in the hay and the baby Jesus, concludes the Christmas story and the Bethlehem walk.
Dawn Providenti, one of the many people who help organize the event and is also one of the actors, loves being involved.
“It’s amazing, it’s disappointing when it is over. To see that many people come together and representation from the churches. It is wonderful.”
Spectators are welcome to come into the church for refreshments following the walk. Stuart Lyster will also provide hayrides for the children.