Merry Christmas from Bethlehem on Broad Street

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in Bethlehem On Broad Street (BOBS). Most of us have a lot of choices for how we celebrate the joy of the holiday season, but many of our neighbors face a Christmas without warmth, without fellowship, and without adequate food. That’s why Bethlehem on Broad Street exists, and, for those who’ve participated in BOBS, as guests or as volunteers, there is no better way to experience the real spirit of the holidays.

For our several hundred men, women, and children who are BOBS guests, we offer a full, hot, sit-down meal, joyous live music, welcoming fellowship, warming gifts, referrals to community services, and toys for kids. There’s no dress code – just come as you are – and no reservations are needed for our first-come-first-served dinner. For our volunteers, we offer the opportunity to experience the true joy of serving and supporting our neighbors who are less fortunate.

BOBS has offered these necessities, comforts, and opportunities in downtown Columbus on Christmas Day for over 40 years, and, again this year, we will be at the First Congregational Church, at 444 East Broad Street. Elsewhere on this site you can find out more about how to volunteer, how to support BOBS with a financial contribution, and how to donate food and other items for our guests. You can click on these links to go directly to that information:

Our Christmas Day Schedule for Guests

7:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Our hospitality Tent is open, heated, and serving coffee and doughnuts to guests throughout the day. It will be in the west parking lot by Broad St. and Cleveland Ave.

8:30 AM – 2:00 PM: The First Congregational Church doors are open – All are welcome inside

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Musicians will offer our Live Music & Entertainment Program

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM: We will have a spirited and spiritual Christmas Worship Service

10:45 AM – 2:00 PM: Musicians will continue our Live Music & Entertainment Program

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Christmas dinner is served and gifts are distributed. Dinner includes traditional holiday fare, with roasted ham and turkey, and capped off with homemade desserts

2:00 PM: The event concludes, the church doors are closed, and volunteers begin clean-up.

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