The walk to Bethlehem is an imaginary walk from Beloit, Wisconsin to Bethlehem, Israel to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This program is designed to e increase the physical activity, and improve the spiritual and emotional health of each participant.
The imaginary journey from Beloit to Bethlehem is 6,159 miles and we will “travel that distance” collectively as a church by walking running, working out, or any type of physical activity will be configured into miles.
Participants can accumulate “miles” by walking or jogging in your neighborhood; taking an exercise class at a gym or a workout program at home; playing a sport; playing with the kids; our just cleaning the house. Any form of physical activity you enjoy can be counted as miles.
If you are unable to be physically active, you can accumulate “miles” by performing arm chair exercise; reading a daily devotional (i.e. Daily Bread; The Upper Room; this Journey to Bethlehem Weekly Devotional; or another devotional booklet); spending time in devotional prayer to support walking participants; doing volunteer work, etc. will also apply to accumulating miles. Increments of 20 minutes of aerobic activity (walking, running, swimming, etc.) will equal 1 mile. Increments of 30 minutes of devotional activity (praying, reading, studying, volunteering, etc.) will equal 1 mile.
Participants may work as a group, family, or individuals. A prize will be awarded to the group who has accumulated the most miles when we reach our goal as well as to the individual who has accumulated the most miles.
We will begin our journey on September 23rd planning to cover the miles it would take to reach Bethlehem by Sunday, December 16, 2018. It is important to prepare your heart and soul, as well as your body during this journey.
Sign up for the journey today (September 23, 2018). Along with this Journey to Bethlehem Weekly Devotional, you will be given “12 Mileage log sheets” for recording your miles walked (or activities accomplished) for each week. Begin this journey with us on September 23rd. At the end of each week record your weekly total on one of the Walk to Bethlehem “Weekly Mileage Sheets”. Participant totals will be tabulated and logged on a map.
As we journey together on this walk to Bethlehem, participants will come together at our Checkpoint Fellowship Meetings. During these periodic checkpoint meetings, we will calculate our collective mileage, encourage one another to continue on the journey to better physical and spiritual health; and learn something about the history and culture of our checkpoint. The first checkpoint meeting is scheduled on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Other Checkpoint meetings will be announced along the way.