By Ansley Brackin
Communication Specialist for The North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church
Rev. Andrew Covington of Connexion Church beat the summer lull that many churches experience in their service attendance by creating a summer series with short commitments and multi-generational appeal.
The subject: Movies
“If people go on vacation and miss a Sunday they can become lost when they come back,” Covington says of why families often avoid attending a summer series.
The lead pastor focuses on a different movie each week.
Now in the middle of its second summer, the series features recent films to provide an explanation of the gospel through relatable subject matter. The same message is preached in both the Saturday night and Sunday morning services.
The series made its highly anticipated return on the weekend of May 31 with “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, followed by “Frozen”, and “God’s NOT Dead”.
“We talked honestly on how sometimes we get hurt by the church and we want to walk away; but we need the church and can’t walk away.” Rev. Covington related these feelings to those felt by “Frozen” heroin, Elsa, on Pentecost Sunday.
“But, if we all meet at the foot of the cross we can all reconcile there.”
On June 21 – 22 the semon on “Lego Movie” was complimented by an offering table display constructed of Legos, followed by “Man of Steel” June 28 – 29, and “Independence Day” July 5-6.
Connexion’s “test run” of Saturday night services has been attracting young people in the area since its debut in March. In an effort to bring even more young worshipers to church, they played one of the movies for the Rockdale Youth Soccer Association. Afterwards, attendees were invited to come hear the sermon on the movie the following day.
“People are excited to invite their friends to church,” says Rev. Covington, who typically sees around ten new faces each weekend.
The main goal of the series is to bring fun into summer services while continuing to grow the congregation of Connexion Church.