Chandlersville United Methodist Church Holds 12th Annual Bethlehem Walk

by Katie Donovan on December 1, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Chandlersville United Methodist Church held day three of their 12th annual Bethlehem Walk Sunday evening.

Those who attend start the evening out listening to songs at the church and were then transported by van down the road, back in time to Bethlehem. The groups of people were taken around by guide to the different scenes where they could listen to the story of Christmas. John Hajjar, volunteer at the walk says overall, the responses are positive.

"Well I think we had various responses. Each group there can be youngsters from 4 or 5 years old, clear up to people 80 and 90 that can barely walk and even some wheelchairs and there’s different levels of understanding of a relationship with Jesus, and I think depending on where they are, they’re either surprised or maybe just excited to be part of it. But I think overall the response is very positive."

The walk ends at the manger scene and the birth of Jesus. After they walked through the story, they were transported back to the church to enjoy refreshments. Ryan Kimpel, a volunteer at the walk told us for many, this event is tradition.

"A lot of families they look at this to start their Christmas season. You see some of them from year to year, you know, doing this event and they wouldn’t miss it. It’s how they start their Christmas season."

Approximately 1,000 people from around the area came through over the weekend. The event is run completely by volunteers from 12 area churches. Tonight was the last evening for the Bethlehem walk.