Bethlehem in Monticello is one of First United Methodist Church’s trademark community ministries at Christmas. Every other year at Christmas, we transform the property behind our church into a replica of Bethlehem at the time of Christ’s birth. We get a chance to dress up in period costumes and relive the greatest story for visitors who come from far and wide to witness the event.
We now include approximately 30 live animals and over 100 cast and crew members. Several area churches join us in the live nativity production and in welcoming hundreds of visitors to our Family Ministry Center for cookies and hot drinks after their tour through Bethlehem.
The years we don’t have the full production, we put on a living nativity complete with camels and animals and cast members – still a blessing to behold, just on a little smaller scale!
Whether you join us as a set constructor, a costumed character, fellowship helper, musician or in some other capacity, you will have a unique and rewarding opportunity to be a part of the magnificent Christmas story.
Volunteers and helpers are always welcomed and needed!