Jul 10, 2015

Beat the Summer Slump with "At the Movies" Series

Want to beat the summer attendance slump?  Amp up your summer weekend services with an "At the Movies" series.

Here's an inside look at our summer series and how it's helping us not miss a beat this summer.

Promotion:
  • We created invite cards that look like movie tickets that our families could use to invite people to church. (here is what they look like)
  • We promoted it heavily through social media.
Lessons:
  • We created lessons that use clips from the movies to illustrate Bible truths.
  • Adult service lessons...
    • Captain America
    • Jurassic Park
    • Secret Life of Walter Mitty 
    • Despicable Me 
    • Star Wars
  •  Kid service lessons...
    • Captain America (cartoon version) - God is bigger than any fear I face.
    • How to Train Your Dragon - God can help me control what I think, see and do.
    • Finding Nemo - Your unknown is known to God.
    • Despicable Me - Family service - kids attend service with their parents.  They lead worship, pray for the offering and lead other key parts of the service.
    • Star Wars - I can depend on God's power. 
Theming:
  • Each of our campuses picked one or more of the movie themes to decorate their campus with.  Volunteers came together to create the props and install them.  Below are pictures of some of the decorations.
  • We have bags of popcorn for everyone as they enter the service.
  • We have photo ops with movie characters set up around the campuses.
It's a great way to turn a time of the year when attendance is usually down into a time of excitement and growth.

2 comments:

Do you run into any legal issues with these themes? If not, how do you get permission to use licences characters/scenes? Love the idea

Great question. We do not broadcast any of these services online due to copyright issues. Other than that no issues if you don't broadcast the clips over internet or tv.

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