As Autumn approaches, Nailsea Baptist Church is gearing up for their second season of film club. The church responded to a community need and this time last year launched a film club aimed primarily at families. The club runs on the last Saturday of each month at 5 pm and one of the latest films to be released on DVD is shown. As people arrive, a powerpoint presention is being shown on the big screen and people generally grab themselves a drink or visit the 'tuck shop.' Word quickly spread about the film club and over 100 people, mainly unchurched came along on each evening. Once the film is over, hot dogs are served and this gives the opportunity to have conversations and to build relationships with people. There is no charge for the evening, although people are encouraged to make a donation to help suppor the film club.
As people are leaving, another group of people begin to assemble as a different film is shown on the same evening at 7.30 pm. There has been a wide range of films shown ranging from 'amazing grace' to singalong with 'mammia mia.' For this season of films, we are targetting different groups for the second showing. We're hoping a good number of men will invite others along to watch 'Invictus' and a James Bond evening is being planned.
From the film club we are hoping that people will find themselves coming into other areas of church life. Possibly 'time out at 10', a group for parents and toddlers or to Messy church, a new venture for us at Nailsea Baptist which starts in November.
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