The Grace Lutheran Church went back in time on Saturday, Dec. 9. Weeks of organization and planning culminated in "A Night in Bethlehem" where visitors could wander the streets of Bethlehem and discover what the world was like the night Jesus was born.

Kirsten Sutcliffe is a church volunteer who organizes the kids' ministry. She came up with the idea after visiting her parents in Saskatchewan.

"My mom and dad's church in Saskatchewan did it, and I thought it was really cool. I thought, let's try it here too!"

"We have the whole church set up as Bethlehem," she explained. "We have all kinds of shops from carpentry, pottery, scribe shop, perfume shop. We have some animals out back."

Walking through Bethlehem, families could stop at shops, taste some delicious era-specific foods and meet Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus. Visitors were told to beware though -- beggars, tax collectors and Roman guards were wandering the streets.

The event took a Herculean effort to pull off.

"[It took] a lot of work. We've been here all week decorating, creating things like the crafts and stuff like that. We had to come up with some costumes."

Although a free will offering was suggested, the church was not expecting to break even on the event. Around 200 kids were expected to attend.

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