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Return to Bethlehem

  • Groce UMC Tunnel Rd Asheville, NC 28805 (map)

Join ABCCM at Groce United Methodist Church to experience the Bethlehem marketplace as it could have been during the time of Jesus' birth! This family-friendly event is a wonderful way to build excitement for the season as you experience the market stalls, Roman guards, the temple and even the manger where the Holy Child sleeps. This is the 30th anniversary of Return to Bethlehem!

Groups of seven or fewer people will each be assigned a Hebrew family name and wait in the sanctuary until the name is called, during which time guests can enjoy a variety of holiday music.

Return to Bethlehem is ABCCM's gift to the community and there is no cost to attend. Donations are welcome.

2016 Return to Bethlehem schedule
Thursday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Volunteer with us to make Bethlehem come alive for the community! Help set up, decorate, or play a role in the performance. Contact Terri Bowman at or call 828-259-5326.  Click below to check out all the volunteer opportunities!

Earlier Event: December 5
Blanketing Buncombe
Later Event: December 12
Christmas Angel