14 December 2018

Get thee to Bethlehem Live

Posted in SU QLD

This Christmas, travel back in time to the time of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, more than 2000 years ago at Bundaberg’s annual Bethlehem Live Christmas event.

The free family event, run by SU QLD in conjunction with the Combined Churches of Bundaberg, kicks off tomorrow until Friday and is a fun way to witness what life would have been like in Bethlehem City at the time of the birth of Jesus.

Bundaberg’s Bethlehem Live starts this Tuesday, December 18.

SU QLD Field Development Manager and event organiser, Lisa Hardie, says it is a celebration of the community, for the community.

“There will be so many things to see and do, including walking through Bethlehem City’s market place, which will include displays of woodworking, pottery, fabric and basket weaving, bread making, blacksmithing, beading and jewellery displays,” Lisa says.

“There will also be fishing net repairs, and herb and spice displays, all while visitors are greeted by soldiers, beggars, Jewish Priests, travellers and stall holders of the day.

“There will be live animals and a petting zoo, and a Nativity play will be performed every half hour.  There will also be a stage with live music from local artists and choirs, as well as a prayer wall, pastoral care team, and community support organisations on hand to support and encourage those wishing to connect with further support.”

Watch live demonstrations of fishing net repairs, breadmaking, pottery, woodworking and more at this year’s event.

Lisa says Bethlehem Live also serves as a way to connect members of the community who might need a helping hand this Christmas.

“For a lot of people Christmas is not a good time.  It’s not full of hope or joy or peace. Bethlehem Live is a way we can all share a bit of peace and hope that’s all inclusive, with onsite support services and pastoral care teams that people can connect with if they need to.”

In its third year, Bethlehem Live has gone from strength to strength, attracting sponsorship from both Bundaberg Regional Council and the St John’s Grace Fund, who have signed on as major sponsors to the tune of $5,000 and $10,000 a year for the next three years, respectively.

Bethlehem Live is held at the Bundaberg Central School Grounds, 13 Crofton Street, Bundaberg. Gates open at 5.30pm, festivities start at 6pm, and gates close at 9pm.  Visit bethlehemlive.com.au  

Jennifer Kerr

Media and Communications Administrator

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