Posted on : Wednesday November 18, 2015

By Sharon Mager

ROSEDALE, Md.—Immanuel Baptist Church, 5050 Bucks Schoolhouse Road, will host their fifth annual “A Night in Bethlehem,” an interactive Christmas program allowing visitors to be part of the exciting events surrounding Jesus’ birth.Bethlehem-72

As folks arrive in “Bethlehem” for the “census,” they are welcomed, registered, and then have the opportunity to have free family photos. The first stop of the tour begins in the church sanctuary where Gabriel visits Mary, and then he appears to Joseph.

The tour continues outdoors where visitors may interact with live animals, and visit the marketplace where volunteers help children make ornaments and other crafts. Throughout the tour shepherds tell their stories, Wise Men from the East are traveling and, of course, there is a stop at the manger. Before leaving the little town, visitors stop in at a Jewish home for some hot cocoa and cookies.

Almost everyone in the church is involved in the production, building sets, making costumes, acting, doing the administrative work and greeting.

Each tour takes about 45 minutes. There is no charge but reservations are required.

Tours are at on Dec. 3 at 6:30 pm, Dec. 4 at 6, 7:30 and 9 pm, and on Dec. 5 at 5 and 6:30 pm.

For more information call the church office, 410-687-9166 or register online.