VHUMC partners with Educational Opportunities to offer Christian Travel experiences. We go to the Holy Land every other year and we have traveled to England to study John Wesley, to Greece to study the journeys of Paul, and to Germany to experience the Passion Play in Oberammergau.
About the Oberammergau Passion Play
Since 1634, the most famous Passion Play in the world has taken place in Oberammergau. The tradition, maintained and experienced almost without interruption for over 380 years, of putting on the play about the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every ten years, will be continued for the 42nd time in 2022. It is regarded as the most important Passion Play in the world. The village at the edge of the Bavarian Alps expects approximately 500,000 visitors for the passion play, over half of which will be international guests. A special law is in effect to ensure that all actors of the world’s largest amateur dramatic performance come from the village. All participants, from actors playing the big speaking parts such as Jesus, Mary or Judas, through members of the choir, orchestra members, firemen and ushers, must have been born in Oberammergau or lived there for at least 20 years. Over 2,000 Oberammergau villagers will participate in the 2022 Passion Play.
Oberammergau Passion Play & Best of Switzerland
Join Vestavia Hills with Rev. Jim Frazier on the Best of Switzerland with Oberammergau Passion Play visiting sites in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. You’ll explore Zurich, Lucerne, Innsbruck and more. Tickets to the Oberammergau Passion Play are included with time to explore the sites in southern Germany, such as Ettal. Pricing starts at $5,346* with flights from Birmingham, AL , departing on June 11, 2022.
OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY & THE ROMANTIC DANUBE RIVER CRUISE
Join Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church and Guest Speaker Dr. Jim Harnish and Worship Leader Bishop James Swanson on the Romantic Danube Cruise and Oberammergau Passion Play aboard Ama Waterways AmaVerde. After spending 4-days in Germany and Austria and witnessing the Oberammergau Passion Play, your cruise will embark from Vilshofen and winds its way through Europe. This tour is departing on July 28, 2022, with prices starting at $6,396* for a fixed window stateroom with flights from Birmingham, AL.
Bible Land Passages
Join Jim Frazier and Vestavia Hills UMC on a tour through the Holy Land visiting sites such as Caesarea, Beit Shean, the Walled Off Hotel, Wadi Qelt, and Hezekiah’s Tunnel!
Pricing starts at $2498 per person (ground only) from February 1-9, 2022.
Holy Land Journey
Join Dr. Bill Brunson & Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church on a 10-day Holy Land Journey, starting at $4,596* from Birmingham, AL, departing on February 8, 2022. Visit places such as Jerusalem, Nazareth, Masada, Jordan River, Galilee, and much more!
Come Walk with Me on the Camino de Santiago
Join Mr. Jim Frazier on an 11 day Come Walk with Me Tour on the Camino de Santiago starting at $4,896* from Birmingham, AL departing on September 29, 2022. Visit places such as Madrid, Camino, Arzua, Santiago, Muros, Waterfall, Seafarer’s Church, and much more!