Save the Date! Upcoming Movie Nights
Community Movie Night is a monthly event open to all members of the Druid Hills community. Whether you live in a posh Midtown townhouse or have slept on the streets for most of your life, you are welcome here. Join us for an evening that offers a place to rest your feet, entertainment to calm your soul, and the body of Christ to give you hope. Movies start at 6:30pm in Converse Hall.
Movie, popcorn, and laughter are all free.
Community Movie Night: A Reflection by Sarah Are, Mission Intern
You may have noticed we are trying something new here at Druid Hills. This past January, the Mission Team began hosting a new initiative: Community Movie Night.
The idea for community movie night was born during our ‘Inside Out’ Advent worship series. Some of you may remember one particular morning during Sunday school when we gathered intergenerationally to watch the Pixar movie Inside Out. It was cold that morning and I noticed there were several members from the Mercy Community Church waiting in the parking lot for the doors to open.
So, I invited them in. We were watching a movie and sipping warm cups of coffee, and they were out in the cold. How could I not invite them in?
What I did not know was how much that invitation would impact my year here at Druid Hills. That morning, we bonded members of DHPC and our brothers and sisters that sleep in neighborhood streets. We gathered together and ate popcorn, drank juice, passed a box of chocolate doughnuts around, and simultaneously laughed and cried at the same touching movie magic moments.
As I sat in the back row, I watched communion happen again and again and again, but this time over juice boxes and popcorn, and in hushed movie-watching tones. I realized that in this moment, everyone had a seat, everyone was fed, and everyone was made equal. It was the Kingdom of God, and it was beautiful.
From that day the idea for Community Movie Night was born.
The Mission Team often engages in the spiritual practice of asking, “What do people really need?,” as opposed to the tempting, but often less helpful question of “What can we do?” Consequently, as a team, we decided after much conversation with members of the neighborhood, to start hosting a community movie night!
We realized that coming home from a long day, kicking off your shoes, and stretching out in front of the TV for a few hours of mindless entertainment, is truly a privilege. I never thought of TV as a privilege until I formed friendships with people living on the street. It was only then that I began to appreciate how stressful life on the street can be. Our homeless friends are prevented from partaking in any opportunity to relax, as well as from partaking in entertainment opportunities (such reading, music, and movies). Energy is constantly focused on survival.
Wanting to provide a brief respite from the hypervigilance that is required of folks living on the street, the Mission Team hosted the first DHPC Community Movie Night. Within 15 minutes of the doors being opened, we had 23 people munching on popcorn and exchanging names, twenty of whom would sleep on the streets that night. .
Together we laughed, we small talked, and we got to know each other a little better.
Together we went through eleven bags of popcorn, 36 Capri-suns, and 30 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Together we argued whether SuperMan or Batman was better, we relaxed, and we prayed.
It was a unique kind of communion, a beautiful kind of church, and I was so grateful to be there for it all.
My goal as a member of the Mission Team is that we as a church can continue to host Community Movie Night throughout the upcoming year, and that more members from Druid Hills will join in for these few hours of shared fellowship! Thus, if you are reading this and wondering how you can get involved, we would love to have you join us next month! Also, each month we provide sandwiches and movie snacks, and would always welcome donations of peanut butter, jelly, sandwich bags, plastic cups, Capri-suns, and popcorn!
Community Movie Night takes place on the second Tuesday of the month, at 6:30 pm in Converse Hall.
All are welcome!