Church seeking volunteer interpreters for event


First Christian Church will present Walk to Bethlehem, a guided tour that celebrates the story of Jesus’ birth on Dec. 8 and 9.

The free tours are scheduled approximately every 10 minutes 5:30-7:30 p.m. Guides will lead visitors to scenes outside the church with scenes featuring live animals. In the marketplace, there will be spice and bread vendors, Roman soldiers, a census taker, craftsmen and other characters from the time of Jesus.

Afterwards, visitors are invited into the sanctuary for a time of prayer and reflection. Communion will also be offered.

The church is seeking volunteer interpreters to share the experience with non-English speaking guests. It is asking pastors and leaders of non-English speaking congregations to provide an interpreter of their language to conduct a tour of the scenes outside the church at a specified time and read the narration of each scene in their language.

“We know that Fort Wayne is a very diverse community and we were hoping to reach them with this wonderful story of the birth of Christ that’s told outside the church but it would require someone that spoke their language to make it clear to them,” event coordinator Judith Hapke said.

Those who are interested can call the church office at (260) 744-3239 or Judy Church at (260) 478-6757 or email for more information.

Walk to Bethlehem

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9

Where: First Christian Church, 4800 South Calhoun St., Fort Wayne

Admission: Free