Dan Webster recently visited a Baltimore move theater that fosters a kind of fellowship through its “Cinema Sundays,” at which people gather on Sunday morning to watch a movie and then discuss its ethical and spiritual implications. He writes:
I saw community gather around bagels and coffee, a gospel story, and what some church people call a “dialogue sermon.”
As a church person, I am grateful to see so many people seeking food for body, mind and spirit. Maybe secular society is being influenced by church more than anyone is willing to admit.
One church friend who saw my Facebook check-in at the Charles Theater said she once called it, “church at St. Charles Cathedral.” That may be more than a clever observation. If people are finding inspiration, fellowship and nourishment in places like Cinema Sunday why would they want to put up with politics at a church community to get the same thing?
When I told the leadership of one congregation who, like many, is seeing declining Sunday participation, one person thought they should try their own version of Cinema Sunday.
Read his full post here. What do you think? Can churches make use of a similar model?