Sunday service on the big screen

No need for hymn books with a giant screen available
No need for hymn books with a giant screen available

It’s not often the main feature at a cinema is a religious service, but that’s what happened when three churches got together for a different kind of Sunday.

The congregations from the Church of the Nazarene in Viewpark, Uddingston and Twechar assembled to spread God’s word at Showcase in Bargeddie.

Pastors Andrew Goodwin, Clive Tutty and Alan Hughes hope to attract new followers with a series of monthly services there.

A live band led the hymn singing, with the words on the big screen for everyone to follow.

Mr Tutty said: “Many people may not be keen on visiting a traditional place of worship so we thought they might be more comfortable in a different setting.

“Families might be encouraged to go along to the service then, perhaps, take in a film or have lunch.”

The first service went well, according to Mr Goodwin who said: “With a live band playing, it was slightly different to our usual services, more relaxed.

“There was no popcorn, but afterwards the congregation mingled in the cinema’s coffee bar.

“This sort of thing has been done in England, but I think it’s a first for Scotland. It’s good to try something a bit different as it can be hard to get people to come to a church.”

Further services will take place at Showcase on November 1 and December 6 at 10.30am, see online for more details.