Walk to Bethlehem Annual Pageant
Sunday, December 13, 2020,
5:30 PM at the RFA Lakeside Theater
6:00 PM at the Church of the Good Shepherd
COVID UPDATE: The Walk will occur on this date but with a changed format.
Although this is the 40th Year of the Walk To Bethlehem, a big celebration will have to wait until next year. Here are our plans to have a COVID-SAFE Walk To Bethlehem:
For 40 years, the Rangeley Friends of the Arts have been sponsoring the annual “Walk to Bethlehem” celebration, this year to be held on Sunday, December 13. This unique event, which recreates Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, complete with community members costumed as nativity figures, will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the RFA Lakeside Theater with the reading of Caesar Augustus’ decree that all people must return to the city of their birth.
Walkers/Carolers will be asked to wait in their vehicles until the Walk begins. Participants will all wear masks and walk with their pod, keeping social distance from others. Pageant participants and Carolers/Walkers will walk through the streets of Rangeley, singing and stopping at each church (but not entering) to ask if there is “any room at the Inn?” Instead of printed Carol Books, click HERE for a link to the words to the carols. Participants can print it out in advance or use their phone/device during the walk. When we arrive at the Church of the Good Shepherd, everyone will remain outside. The Costumed Nativity participants will arrange themselves around the creche in front of the church building and the Christmas Story will be read outside. The event will conclude with everyone singing “Silent Night.”