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Pistachio and Popcorn – This Is Church?
New Day Church Visits the Theater and Finds the Neighborhood
New Day Church normally meets at Kettering Recreation Center but moved its services to a nearby theater at a mall for one week when the rec center was unavailable. Using the change in venue as vehicle for a special outreach event, New Day partnered with Big Idea, Inc. www.bigidea.com and took advantage of the big screen at Cinema De Lux 14 at The Greene to premiere the newest VeggieTales movie Pistachio: the Little Boy who Woodn’t prior to its release on DVD. Attendance by children spiked, including several newcomers, along with their parents, according to Pastor Barry Jude www.broadlf.com/
“Many who attended that day came not to worship, but for a movie,” Jude said. “But we’re okay with that. Inviting kids and their parents to watch a movie gave us an opportunity to make a gift of wholesome entertainment with a moral and spiritual message—and introduce them to our church at the same time. We considered it an opportunity to make a positive first impression and let families get to know us in an environment that is familiar to them.”
Although many parents watched the movie with their kids, others attended worship in an adjacent theater, and four accepted Christ, according to Jude.
Since its launch almost a year ago, New Day Church has met at five sites, including a hotel, the recreation center, a children’s community playhouse and the mall cinema.
“Instead of making a temporary change in venue a cause of concern, we’ve learned that God can use it to help us meet new people,” Jude said. “Although there are certain benefits to having a stable, permanent place to worship, New Day Church is not afraid to make a move—and we have come to expect God to move whenever we do.”
About New Day Church SBC
New Day Church SBC was planted in March 2009 with the intent to serve as a simple church within the complex world of Ohio’s Miami Valley. Led by veteran Pastor Barry Jude www.broadlf.com/
Contact: Barry Jude, 937.470.2045
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New Day Church was planted in March 2009 to serve as a simple church in the complex world of Ohio’s Miami Valley. New Day Church communicates the simple message of Jesus Christ and focuses on loving God, loving each other and living the mission it has undertaken.