Church school children recreate marketplace in ancient Bethlehem | Arts & Culture
The Church School children of St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church invite you to experience a bustling market in Jesus’ day. This popular interactive event will take place on Sunday, April 14, from 10:15 to about 11:15 a.m., in the plaza at St. Philip’s Church, as the children recreate a marketplace in ancient Bethlehem.
Markets in ancient Bethlehem were exciting places filled with commotion. Merchants hawked everything from fresh produce to linen cloth to brass lamp stands. Exotic animals such as apes and peacocks were offered, along with sheep and goats for sacrifices. According to Middle Eastern custom, buyer and seller must haggle over the price of every item.
Proverbs 20: 14 describes this type of exchange: “It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.”
St. Philip’s Bethlehem Marketplace will not include apes and peacocks, nor will sacrifices take place, but visitors may savor the aromas of the spice shop and fruit peddler, stop by the bakery for warm bread, taste olives and other fare. Watch the artisans demonstrating their crafts and perhaps participate yourself. Pause for a refreshing cup of water. Be sure to keep out of the way of the Roman Centurions as you linger! The sights, sounds, and smells of ancient Bethlehem will surround you as the colorfully costumed children of St. Philip’s lead you back in time.
The public is cordially invited to attend.
St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under the solar structure on the east side. The office phone number is 299-6421.
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