Journey to Bethlehem

You are invited to take a "Journey to Bethlehem" with

St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Martinsburg


The members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 115 East Penn Street, Martinsburg, are pleased once again to present a walk through the Christmas story. The much beloved Journey to Bethlehem will open to the public on Sunday, December 10, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm, and on Tuesday, December 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The production is St. Matthew's Christmas gift to the community at a time when many in our society get caught-up in the hustle and bustle of shopping, cooking and baking and lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas.

This is the thirteenth time the St. Matthew congregation will present this unique journey since its first presentation in 1995. Approximately 55 members of the congregation take part either as characters in the “Christmas story” or as behind-the-scenes support. The church and Sunday School annex are transformed into eleven different scenes including the home of Mary, Joseph’s carpenter shop, the inn at Bethlehem, Herod’s throne room, the shepherds with their sheep in the fields, and the scene at the manger.

At the beginning of the journey sojourners also hear a story from St. Lucia and St. Nicholas.

As shepherds guide visitors along the Journey to Bethlehem, the angel Gabriel tells about the message he delivers to Mary and Elizabeth; Joseph and Mary will share their fears and joys along their journey; the busy innkeeper tells of his conversation with Joseph; the wisemen describe what it was like to follow the star, and finally hear God's message of peace.

Refreshments will be served following the "journey." Plenty of free parking is available.

There is no charge for the journey. In support of the Martinsburg Food Pantry, St. Matthew will accept donations of non-perishable food items at both presentations. A free-will offering will also be accepted for those wishing to make a monetary donation.

Everyone is welcome to take the journey -- it is suitable for all ages. For those with mobility challenges, please note that the Journey does involve some stairs. For additional information or directions to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, contact the office weekday mornings between 9 and 12 Noon by calling 793-2413.

Please contact Jane Fagans at (814) 327-0786, or email at If you have questions or would like additional information.

Thank you,

Jane Fagans