Well not actually Bethlehem but they do visit five Digby churches in one night with a service order that mirrors the coming of Jesus as told in the Bible.
“It’s the one thing where we all do something together,” says Jeffrey White, pastor at the Digby Baptist Church. “It’s a wonderful bright spot of relaxing and enjoying being together.”
Since 1992 the members of the United Church, Baptist Church, Wesleyan Church, Catholic Church and Anglican Church have organized this church crawl of sorts on the first night of Advent.
At each stop there is a mini-service with a few hymns and a reading of scripture.
“It’s a fun event for people to go to without a sermon, no offering,” says White. “Breaking it up keeps it interesting and keeps the night moving along.”
In fact, instead of accepting offerings, the churches hand out treats – cookies or truffles for example – to the travellers as they head out for the next stop.
The order of churches changes every year but the Journey’s structure of Prophecy, John the Baptist, Angels, Shepherds and Birth of Christ, stays the same, with each church treating their assigned theme with music and scripture.
White says the event’s simplicity is its strength.
“I think it’s neat that this activity has lasted this long,” he says. “It’s a simple thing and it’s wonderful for what it is – an open musical journey.”
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