April 18, 2014

One Night in Bethlehem Returns

Glenloch feature2(Glenloch) — On December 21 and 22 “One Night in Bethlehem” made its return to Glenloch Baptist  the weekend before Christmas after a two year absence.

Many months of preparation went into the re-location and re-creation of this production, which is a live version of the town of Bethlehem during the time of Jesus’ birth.

Pre-tour worship and information was provided in the new sanctuary, including Messianic Rabbi Derick Leman from Atlanta presenting a brief yet informative overview of Jewish history and messianic expectations. Groups then were led by guides who were stationed throughout the town and each told about aspects of the times and culture of Bethlehem.  

Guests saw Roman soldiers, lepers, metal workers, the innkeeper, and angels (among other Biblical characters), as well as live sheep, donkeys, horses, and goats.

Guides also narrated the story of Jesus Christ- from His Messianic promises in the Old Testament, through His birth narrative- and even scenes explaining the cross and resurrection (empty tomb). Post tour refreshments were also served, a welcomed treat for all.  

Glenloch’s desire was to present the Gospel story as it unfolded in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Led by a team of over 160 volunteers, Elaine Marshall coordinated this living drama – and it hosted over 1100 guests over the course of Friday and Saturday nights.  

Although the rainy Sunday evening washout forced cancellation for the final night, feedback was overwhelmingly positive and enthusiasm for next years tours is already beginning!  If you missed it, make plans to attend in 2014-  It’s only 50 weeks away, and will be here sooner than you think. (Photo by Rodney East)

“But as for you, Bethlehem . . . from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.” (Micah 5:2)



Rev. Neil Awbrey



  1. Hazel Reeves says:

    From beginning to end, it was heart warming and wonderful. Many thanks to everyone who made it possible.

  2. Judy Miller says:

    Thank you Hazel and all who visited Bethlehem. Those of us who participated were so blessed to be a part of the ministry. At night, when we put on our costumes and lit the torches and lamps, you could hear the animals and feel the atmosphere as it might have been 2000 years ago. It was very inspiring and a true story that needs to be told again and again.

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