Outdoor movies are appropriate for a wide variety of venues: local parks, schools, businesses, and churches. Movies have a unique way of bringing people together, and movies can tell stories and convey important messages to viewers. Let’s explore the benefits of planning an outdoor movie at a church.
Why host an outdoor movie at your church? Outdoor movie events are popular and, if advertised in the community, can draw a crowd that includes un-churched community members. The event can be a great opportunity to reach out to members of the community who have not experienced church. This type of event invites those who may not be familiar with your mission to learn about your church, your teachings and your mission.
An outdoor movie event also provides a great outlet for family fun and fellowship with friends. In addition to fun, an appropriate movie can supplement your teaching and start an important conversation about what you are currently focusing on.
Movies can be very powerful. Movies have the power to tell important stories; in fact, today story telling often takes place at the movies. The stories told in movies can create a friendly and familiar connection to Jesus for church and community members since Jesus was a story teller.
Good movies can speak of the struggles of human existence in a way that the average person can relate to. Some movies remind us of our struggles to find hope and meaning and inspire us with examples of the power of redemption.
Movie choice is very important. You want to choose a movie that will appeal to church and community members, is age appropriate for your expected audience and that remains in line with the values of your church and community.
We Bought a Zoo, a newer selection, will inspire viewers with the story of a family struggling to get over the loss of the wife and mother and fix up the old zoo they bought to save the animals and provide enjoyment for the community. The Blind Side tells the story of a young man who overcomes his troubled childhood and goes on to play professional football with the help and support of a loving Christian family. Other possible selections include Soul Surfer, Dolphin Tale, The Pursuit of Happyness, Rudy and Pay it Forward. Some of these movies speak directly about religion and church, while others inspire us simply by telling the stories of people who live their lives in loving in giving ways.
Outdoor movie events are perfect for a church because they provide a chance to gather with friends and family and invite un-churched people to join your community and learn more about the mission of your church. In addition, well chosen movies can promote the values and teachings that are important to your church and its members.