Gatekeepers have a very important role in Bethlehem. It is not glamorous, but extremely necessary. They open and close the gates to the Census Room, the Inn and the Stable. This helps crowd control and insures an organized flow throughout the city. Gatekeepers need not speak unless spoken to, but should attend the training class provided so they will not be at a loss if circumstances call on them to speak. They must park at the school in the designated cast parking, arrive at Fellowship Hall on time each evening of the event as they are scheduled, and be in costume and ready to head to the city when the first call is made. Costumes not including leather sandals are provided by the costume team. As soon as the prayer concludes at the well, the gatekeepers head to the gate. They must be ready before the soldiers arrive at the front gate.