**Please note: Out of respect for the story of the birth of Christ, The Streets of Bethlehem temporarily closes during the production of the Live Nativity and reopens afterward.**
WHAT IS A LIVE NATIVITY? Experience the narrated Christmas Story, enacted by characters in period costumes. The story begins with the angel Gabriel's visit to the Virgin Mary, the Annunciation. The story is beautifully narrated, accompanied by a vocalist, bringing the historical account alive with song. The actors portray weary travelers approaching an Inn with no vacancy. Being given a place to stay in a stable, among the animals, the Christ child is born. The shepherds give homage to the little baby and the Magi present their valuable gifts to the precious King in the manger. The portrayal is simple yet profound.
WHAT IS "STREETS OF BETHLEHEM?" The experience of what the streets of Bethlehem were like 2000 years ago. Guests will be counted for the census, meet the tough Roman Guards, see beggars in the street, encounter the Tax Collectors. As fellow travelers on the journey, guests will hear the sounds of the marketplace & take in the aroma of the rich incense. Merchant shops include carpentry, bread, clay vessels, incense, herbs and oils. The Streets of Bethlehem temporarily close during the Live Nativity in honor of the story of the birth of Christ.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? The recommended donation is $10/adult and $5/child to help us cover costs. The Live Nativity is part of "The Bean Farm of Scotch Grove" and is a nonprofit: 501(c)3. Your contribution is tax deductible!
WHAT ELSE? There is a concession stand available where weary travelers can get something warm to drink and buttery popcorn.
WILL THERE BE LIVE ANIMALS? Yes, there will be live animals. They will be spotted throughout the Live Nativity, weather permitting, roaming around the Streets of Bethlehem. Plus, the animals that didn't make the cut during the Nativity try-outs will be in the mini-barn for extra attention from guests. They'd really appreciate a visit.
DO WE NEED TICKETS? No, tickets aren't necessary. However, there could be some waiting in line so we humbly ask for your patience and understanding.
WILL IT BE COLD? Given that we live in Iowa, there's a pretty good chance it could be cold. The barns are fully heated and there will be fires burning near the animal and Streets of Bethlehem. Please dress warm, though.
WHAT WILL YOU DO IN THE CASE OF SEVERE WEATHER? We are prayerful that mild weather will be provided for the weekend. In the case of a blizzard, we will list cancellations/postponements on local radio and TV stations.
IS THE FARM HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE? Most areas are not paved but navigation in a wheelchair is possible. There is a portable toilet that is wheelchair accessible. To view the Live Nativity, the ground somewhat uneven but a wheelchair can navigate. For those in need, there is a place for drop off/pick up to lessen the walking distance.
WHAT IS THE ADDRESS? The Bean Farm 7731 148th Street Scotch Grove, Iowa 52310
DO YOU NEED VOLUNTEERS? Well, yes we do!!! So glad you asked! PLEASE VOLUNTEER! Send an email to: email@example.com if you can volunteer in some way. We have needs for actors, greeters, donations of food/supplies etc. The work is hard yet extremely rewarding. Please join us!
Seeing the story come alive will help to keep Jesus at the forefront of Christmas. No amount of beautifully wrapped gifts under our tree can fulfill us to the degree of the gift He gave us by coming to earth as an infant, more than 2000 years ago.