FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8TH HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.
We hope to see you Saturday, December 9th (7-9) or Sunday, December 10th (6-8)
Simpsonwood UMC’s 26th Annual Walk Through Bethlehem.
4511 Jones Bridge Circle, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
FRIDAY NIGHT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
Friday and Saturday, December 8, 9: 7-9 pm
Sunday, December 10: 6-8 pm
Every year over 300 people from Simpsonwood United Methodist Church come together to create a stroll-through village and nativity called “Walk Through Bethlehem.” The event is held the second weekend of December at Simpsonwood Park. The event is free but donations of canned goods are gladly accepted for the Norcross Cooperative Ministry. In the past 26 years, over $41,000.00 have been collected and over 300 barrels of food have been donated to the ministry to support neighbors in need.
Beginning the first weekend of December, volunteers begin preparing for this event. The village is built, costumes are readied, and the day of the event hundreds of luminaries are set out throughout the park and village. Simpsonwood’s Walk Through Bethlehem draws crowds of close to 4,000 people every year.
Kicking off the Christmas Season
Walk Through Bethlehem is a wonderful way to kick-off the Christmas season. Sean Gilbert, a Peachtree Corners resident and a football coach at Buford High School, said “We have been attending Simpsonwood’s Walk Through Bethlehem for 15 years and it is an essential part of our family’s Christmas. Even as the kids get older, they still enjoy going. The setting is perfect, and all involved do such a great job making it a reverent experience. We are so thankful to Simpsonwood Methodist church for providing this meaningful family tradition we hope will continue to the next generation.”
Walk Through Bethlehem is not only important to the community, but it also has a special place in the heart of those who help to put it on. Emily Kelly is a student at Candler School of Theology at Emory, but grew up attending Simpsonwood. Even though she is grown and has her own life, Walk Through Bethlehem is still a very important part of her Christmas tradition. “I started volunteering at Walk Through Bethlehem with my dad in the feed shop with the Smith family. Each year it’s a time to reconnect with those at Simpsonwood and bring the church outside of the building and into the community.”
Sherri Boucher and her family count Walk Through Bethlehem as an important family tradition, even though her girls are grown now. “Our family loves participating in Walk Through Bethlehem. Our girls have grown up serving in this mission project…starting out as angels, helping when our family hosted a village shop, dressing as Roman guards, and most recently, taking on the role of Mary. Bill and I have always treasured this family time together serving our church and our community.”
The church and community alike value the opportunity to pause, and take a step back in time in order to remember the reason we celebrate the season.
For more information please contact Amanda Lane