Why Have a Church Movie Night?
A church movie night is an amazing opportunity to gather in fellowship, welcome newcomers, support charities, and have fun with your community. Sometimes, it can be difficult encouraging people to visit church; maybe they feel discouraged or nervous about attending a regular service. Throwing a movie party is a special opportunity to welcome all different types of people in your community, whether they’re members of your church or not. It’s the perfect icebreaker to socialize with newcomers and bond with everyone together. For 20+ years, we’ve helped put on movie nights for customers across the nation. Many of them have been associated with churches, and we’ve seen firsthand the joy that such an event brings to a crowd when they gather to enjoy an outdoor film. Follow our guide for all the best tips on how to host the best Christian movie night!
How To Welcome Your Community to a Church Movie Night
One of the best aspects of holding a movie party through your church is the chance to welcome newcomers to such an event. Many pastors have tried putting on movie nights in hope of attracting visitors to join them but have failed to reach such a crowd. Why are they unsuccessful in their efforts? There are two major reasons why churches are failing to welcome newcomers to their movie night:
- The film is a popular secular choice that people have seen several times, and are sick of watching over and over.
- When an overtly “Christian” film is shown, there is little to no appeal for a non-Christian to attend such an event.
The movie choice will greatly affect the type of crowd that attends your party. So, what kind of movie should be shown to welcome everyone?
Who offers the best church movie night films?
Movie Night Ministries is a faith-based organization whose ultimate goal is to provide excellent, newly released movies directly to churches throughout the United States. Some of their exclusive films are directly inspired by a Christian theme, while others are simply entertaining for anyone to enjoy. Movie Night Ministries’ newest release, Daddy Daughter Trip, is a hilarious, family-friendly comedy starring Rob Schneider and his daughter, Miranda Schneider. This movie is perfect to show at your church movie party due to it being a new release that many people haven’t seen yet, and it’s enjoyable for anyone of any faith background. We at FunFlicks are proud to partner with Movie Night Ministries in support of our shared goal of bringing people together in celebration of high-quality films. Movie licensing is 10% off for any FunFlicks customer who purchases licensing through Movie Night Ministries.
Church Movie Night Fundraiser
Not only are church movie nights fantastic for fellowship, they are also a great opportunity to raise money for your parish or support your community with a charity drive. If your church is planning on constructing a new building, taking people on a mission trip, seeking to help those less fortunate, or struggling to fund activities such as an outdoor movie night, then consider asking people to donate or buy movie tickets in support of your cause. If you plan on selling tickets, be sure to advertise the price and what the funds will go towards beforehand. Accepting monetary donations is not the only way to promote your cause. A nonperishable food or clothing drive is a thoughtful idea to support those who are homeless or who cannot afford goods. There are many ways that you can help others with an outdoor movie night.
Planning a Christian Movie Night
Choose a Location
To start planning your church movie party, find the best location to hold your event. There needs to be enough space for the expected crowd and audiovisual equipment. If there isn’t enough space on your church’s property, consider holding your event at a nearby park or field. Be sure to ask for permission beforehand when planning to use someone else’s property for your movie party. It's just as important to be mindful of surrounding neighbors and follow local noise ordinances when having an outdoor movie party. The comfort of everyone should be your highest priority. Supply proper seating or tables if you plan on catering food at your event. Guests should be encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets if seating won’t be provided. Once decided, the location of your party should be clearly advertised so that there won’t be any confusion when guests arrive.
Follow the forecast before choosing the best date for your event. Most of the time, weather can be extremely unpredictable. That is why FunFlicks offers FREE weather related rescheduling or cancellation. Simply contact your local FunFlicks the morning of the event to change plans. High winds above 15mph, rain, hail, or excessive snowfall are all weather conditions deemed unsafe to set up our inflatable movie screen equipment in. It’s always a bummer when the weather causes a change of plans; that’s why we’ll work with you to make the party happen on a brighter day. If it is going to be cold out, encourage guests to wear layers, bring blankets, and consider providing hot cocoa or portable heaters. If it will be hot, provide plenty of water and fans for cooling. The safest bet to combat the outside conditions is to hold your event indoors if there is enough space.
Invite Your Guests
Throw your party on a weekend night for the highest attendance rate. Most people tend to be free from work or school on Friday and Saturday nights. After the event has been booked and plans have been finalized, it’s time to let everyone know about your party. We recommend announcing your event at least two weeks before the date. To attract a broader audience, advertise details with groups outside your church. Handing out invitations or placing posters in public spaces will welcome newcomers to join as well. Spread the word on your church's website, in the newsletter, on the calendar, and on social media. Your invitation should be clear about the start time, location, and film of choice; that way, guests can anticipate what to expect. If you need help creating invitation graphics, visit our party invite page for premade downloadable invites, or contact us for custom graphic designs.
Prepare the Area
Prepare the event location before guests arrive. You can do this by making sure that all sprinkler systems are off if your party is outdoors and on grass. Trust us, your guests do not want a surprise water party as they’re relaxing and watching a movie. Along with turning off sprinklers, shut off any nearby light sources such as lamp posts or yard lights before the movie starts. Nearby lights can glare on the screen and distract the viewer. You want your guests fully immersed in the movie without any distractions. Some of your guests may need to use the restroom while at the event. There should be open and clean restrooms with a proper amount of toilet paper, paper towels, and soap on the property. If not, consider renting porta potties so that your guests do not have to leave to use the restroom during your movie party.
Make sure that trash cans are available throughout your party location. Having a proper amount of trash cans is crucial in minimizing the after-party cleanup. Especially if your event is being held on someone else’s property, you do not want to leave a mess. Leaving your event with no trace left behind is not only the respectful thing to do, but it will also show your appreciation for being able to use the property. That way, future events will be encouraged to be held in the same spot without a problem.
Theme for a Christian Movie Night
Every party needs a theme. The theme is essential to tying everything together. If you’re going to be watching Daddy Daughter Trip, then throwing a daddy-daughter night with a dance floor, laser lights, color-coordinated streamers, and family-appropriate music is the perfect idea. Celebrating a religious holiday is a popular reason why a church would want to throw a party. Christmas and Easter being two of the most celebrated ones with Christians around the world. For a holiday get-together, don’t hold back on making your party reflect holiday spirit. Bring joy to others by joining with other churches and all people within your community to celebrate a movie party. There are many creative ways to incorporate a theme. Our rule of thumb is to make sure every aspect reflects your theme for the most immersive party experience.
Activities for a Church Movie Night
Bring on the Concert
Bring out your choir, church band, or anyone in the community to play music at your church’s movie party. People love live music, and many churches have the resources to make it happen. Set the stage and celebrate with fun music before your movie party.
Video Game Tournament
Get ready for some competition with a video game tournament on the big screen. Our audiovisual setups can display your video games as long as your console is compatible with HDMI. Smash Bros., Street Fighter, Just Dance, and Mario Kart are popular choices for fun party games to play others in. Enter contenders in a tournament-style showdown with a big prize for the champion to make things interesting.
Test your vocal chords with a little karaoke. We can display lyrics on our screens, amplify your voice with our microphones, and blast the tunes with our high-definition speakers. During the holidays, people love to sing Christmas carols, and karaoke is a great chance to goof around and do so.
Screen for an Outdoor Evening or Indoor Party
Our fleet of inflatables is the best quality of screen that you can rent at an affordable price. Whether the party is going on in your backyard or at a large venue, there is an inflatable screen for everyone to enjoy. Our assortment of inflatable screens have a seamless viewing surface and can be blown up in minutes. We’ll be sure to get everything up and running before the show begins. At every event, we bring high-definition speakers that will knock your socks off and a theatrical projector with a crystal-clear display. For optimal viewing, an inflatable event should take place in a setting with minimal lighting and winds of under 15 mph.
LED Display Screens
If you want a screen that can display day or night in almost any environment, renting an LED screen is the best option for you. Using electroluminescent technology, our LED screens generate light safely and effectively at any time of day. Hence, it isn’t a problem if you want to watch a morning show or an evening movie on our LED screens. Our panels and trailers are rated IP65, which means they are both rain and dust proof! All of our mobile LED trailers have onboard generators used to power the display. Therefore, no power supply is needed. Similar to our inflatable screens, our fleet of LED screens come in a variety of dimensions for a variety of crowd sizes. Event technicians across the country are available to bring our LED trailers anywhere for you to enjoy video games, live sports, movies, advertisements, or anything on!