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Meriden, Connecticut: Mobile Film Ministry Takes Christian Movies on Tour

Mobile Film Ministry

Once Bessie Jasinski retires from her job at Philips Electronics next year, the pair plans to take to the road and bring films to parishes and campgrounds across the country.

James Jasinski, a 63-year-old former Wallingford police officer who has since retired, said he was called by God to start the ministry, but has received positive feedback from viewers who find it difficult to enjoy more mainstream entertainment with their families.

“They’re having a hard time, because the TV is inundated with violence and sex and everything else,” he said. “The same with secular movies in the theater – it’s hard to find good films nowadays.”

The story behind the idea traces back more than 30 years to James Jasinski’s time on the police force. While checking in at the department one day, he noticed a flyer posted by a Meriden officer about a Christian film he was planning on showing. The Jasinskis turned out, and plans for the movie ministry had been brewing ever since.

Read the rest of the article at My Record Journal

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Church Media Design: Open Air Movies and Outdoor Projector Doubling

Brad Zimmerman over at Church Media Design has put together a video offering useful tips on setting up an outdoor movie event for a church activity. In one segment he covers film licensing through Swank so that you can be sure that your church event is fully legal. In a second segment he offers some tips to make your open air projection brighter by using two projectors to project one single image.

Church Media Design creates fantastic videos podcasts jam-packed with ideas and resources for churches. Check out their Vimeo channel to follow along.

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Athol, Massachusetts: Local Church Hosts Movies Under the Stars at a Drive-In-Style Screening

Drive-In Movies at a Church in Athol, MassachusettsSelectmen have approved a series of outdoor movie nights to take place at Fish Park. The movies are done drive-in style and are being put on by the Athol Foursquare Church. The movies under the stars have been a popular event with church members and non-members alike.

“This was a successful event last year,” Selectman Anthony A. Brighenti said, reminding his colleagues at the selectmen’s meeting Tuesday night. Board Chairman Alan D. Dodge agreed. “It was well attended,” he said.

The Rev. Nicholas K. Morin, senior pastor of the church, said this is the second year that his church has brought the free outdoor film nights to the community. Plans call for five movies to be shown over the summer, and the showings will be similar to attending a drive-in movie theater. “You can watch in your car or outside of it. You just need a radio,” explained Rev. Morin.

The movies are rated G or PG and are oriented for family viewing. There are also snacks available. Movie nights will be held June 26, July 10 and 24, and Aug. 14 and 28.

Rev. Morin said the church puts on the movie series as part of a community outreach.

Source: “Church will host series of outdoor movies” by Gail Stanton -The Telegram. Read full article at: http://www.telegram.com/article/20090618/NEWS/906180633.

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Statesville, North Carolina: Faith Baptist Church in Statesville Hosts Outdoor Movies

Photo Credit: Serving Him Ministry

Photo Credit: Serving Him Ministry

The Serving Him Ministry Partnered with Faith Baptist Church to put on an Outdoor Movie night event featuring the Christian film “Flywheel”. The setup was an outdoor showing and it felt like being at an old fashioned Drive-In only not sitting in a car. This was a GREAT idea and a wonderful event Faith Bapist folks! The outdoor movie event was easy to put on, and everyone loved it. We had popcorn and snacks, but watch out: Pastors Dave & Tim were seen going around and eating people’s popcorn. Many, many families turned out for this awesome Friday evening time of fellowship and good clean family fun! This was a totally FANTASTIC setup for a movie and folks if you missed this one, please make the next outdoor movie night at Faith Baptist. It was soooo much fun and all in the name of Jesus Christ!

Source: Serving Him Ministry: http://www.servinghimalways.org/Gallery.html

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Charlotte, North Carolina: Summertime Outdoor Movies Are a Hit at Chrio Church of Charlotte, North Carolina

Outdoor Movies Presented by Chrio Church of Charlotte, North CarolinaThe Steele Creek Athletic Association and a new church in the area, Chrio Church Community, teamed up this past summer to bring you free, outdoor movies at the Steele Creek Athletic Association Field. That winning team helped make a hot summer cooler than ever.

Movies were presented on a sixteen foot widescreen, with a state-of-the- art 500 watt sound system and projector. (Nothing cheesy about it). All movies were rated PG or G.

– Movies started at sundown, about 8:30 PM. First Movie was “Little Big League”, rated PG.
– Pre-show and prizes were given out before each movie!
– Attendees brought thier own chair(s), blanket(s) and personal items.
– Visitors supported the SCAA by visiting the on-site concession stand on movie nights.

Future information about outdoor movie events will be posted on the SCAA web site, www.SCAASPORTS.com and Chrio Church’s web site, www.Godfactor.com.

Source- Steele Creek Residents Association: http://d4781276.u101.webideabank.net/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?p=478&sid=66ff395d705c42c10b4c80b1a5d29af8

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New Haven, Connecticut: Enjoy Outdoor Movies Hosted by Elm City Vineyard Church in New Haven

Outdoor Movies at Elm City Vineyard Church in New Haven, ConnecticutElm City Vineyard Church in New Haven, Connecticut will be hosting an outdoor movie this Friday. Hot summer nights, drive in movies under the stars, popcorn and m&m’s… all of this and more (sans cars) can be had THIS FRIDAY night at the Sharp’s backyard drive-in movie theater.

Showtime will be at dusk (8:00-8:30ish). We’ll kick back lawn chairs and watch a most interesting and entertaining film with spiritual/theological themes and an optional discussion afterwards. The movie is a surprise, but it is guaranteed to move, intrigue, surprise, inspire, or bother you. July’s showing of Once received rave reviews by the 15 or so ECVers and friends, and an interesting conversation ensued. We’ll will provide the popcorn and soda. You can bring your favorite candy, cookies, chips and dip or other favorite edible. In case of rain, we’ll crowd inside.

Source: Elm City Vineyard blog. Read full blog post at: http://elmcityvineyard.blogspot.com/2008/08/last-day-of-summer-backyard-movie-night.html

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Floyds Knobs, Indiana: Watch Outdoor Movies at First Southern Baptist Church of Floyds Knobs, Indiana

Outdoor Movies at First Southern Baptist Church of Floyds Knobs, IndianaSouthernLive presents Outdoor Movies on Mother’s Day! Treat your mom to an old fashioned outdoor movie. On Sunday Night, May 13th (Mother’s Day), the college students will be having a Drive-In Movie Night. Regular services are canceled for that evening, so come join in the fun as we watch Cars and The Princess Bride. We will have the big projector screen set up near the new picnic pavilion so we can back our trucks up to watch a couple great flicks. Popcorn, candy and sweet tea will be provided. Bring your mom, or just come with friends. Just don’t forget to kiss your mom before you come.

SouthernLive is a student ministry of First Southern Baptist Church of Floyds Knobs, Indiana.

Official website: http://www.southernlive.net/2007/05/drive-in-movie-night.html

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Local Church's Outdoor Movie Event Inspires More Outdoor Movies to Come

Church Hosts Outdoor Movie EventLast night we went to the second annual outdoor movie night at our church. Like last year, it was an enjoyable way to spend a warm summer night with other church community members. It reminded me of going to drive-in movies when I was a child, but it’s even better. The kids can move around more freely when they’re restless, and you can look up at the stars on a clear night. Not only is this a great summertime event for a church, but it would be fun for a neighborhood block party, or other community organizations. You can even host one at home for family and friends if you have a large enough yard. Here’s how to plan your own outdoor movie night:

Drive-in movies have become more difficult to find in recent years, and yet nostalgia remains for watching movies outside in the summertime. Luckily, today’s technology makes it easier than ever to create your own outdoor movie party. This type of party is perfect for a personal family and friends event, or a neighborhood get together, and it’s simpler to arrange than you might think.

Setting the Stage

Since this outdoor movie party will be held outside, and the lights will be low, decorations are almost unnecessary. However, you will have to pull out your technical skills, or enlist the help of a home theater buff to prepare for this party. You’ll need:

A Screen – Create your own outdoor movie screen by using an inexpensive, king-size , flat, white bedsheet. Tack the top and bottom onto thin strips of wood. Drill holes in the top of the wood so that you can hang it from the side of a house, garage, or any other building large enough for the screen.

A Sound and Projection System – You’ll need a home theater-in-a-box system including speakers and DVD player that is powerful enough to broadcast outside. You’ll also need a video projector to connect to the DVD player to project the movie. Use 6-foot wooden stakes to mount your speakers around your seating area. Or, for those of you with a little extra cash to spend, look into the growing outdoor cinema businesses that sell inflatable movie screens, projectors, and speakers all in one durable and easy-to-use package. For starters, check out Open Air Cinema’s products at www.openaircinema.us.

Chairs – Ask all your guests to bring lawn chairs unless you have enough to accomodate everyone. Families with young children might want to bring large blankets in case the kids become sleepy.

A Movie – Select a movie that is suitable for all age members at your party. Sometimes it’s fun to go with a classic that no one has seen in years. Or choose a classic sci-fi B movie to recreate that nostalgic drive-in experience.

Insect repellant– Fight off the nightly mosquito attack. Offer spray-on insect repellant to your guests. Place citronella candles in a wide enough swathe around the viewing area to chase away the bugs.

Food and Snacks

  • Popcorn, and lots of it. Serve the popcorn in movie theater style boxes that can easily be found at party stores.
  • Movie theater size boxes of candy.
  • Hot dogs served in red plastic baskets.
  • Plates of nachos.
  • Ice cream bars.
  • Soft drinks.

Source: “Donna’s Entertaining Blog”. Read full article at: http://entertaining.about.com/b/2007/07/27/an-outdoor-movie-night-party.htm

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