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(NPR)   When people drive to church on Sunday, it's to sit for a service on uncomfortable wooden pews. Not at the Daytona Beach Drive In Christian Church in Florida. And no, this article isn't from 1961   (npr.org) divider line 27
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2014-03-04 02:36:36 AM
What's next? Beer during services?
 
2014-03-04 02:38:00 AM
Around Dallas a lot of old theaters have been converted to churches. Drive ins are an extension of that.
 
2014-03-04 02:41:13 AM

wildcardjack: Around Dallas a lot of old theaters have been converted to churches. Drive ins are an extension of that.


It's a waste of a drive in. We only have one left here in Jersey.

The theme of Drive Ins makes a great game though...

www.pinballzarcade.com
 
2014-03-04 02:49:53 AM
Why drive anywhere?

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I always thought that felt like cheating.
 
2014-03-04 02:54:44 AM
Parishioners in their cars drink wine from plastic ramekins with tiny rectangles of bread under the lids. As they do so, the radio pipes out instructions over organ music: "Remove this inner lid and, holding this cup, join me in prayer.

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2014-03-04 03:23:10 AM
Not that having a drive-in church isn't weird, but what's with the crooked cross?
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If right-side-up cross=holy, and upside-down cross=evil, does tilted cross=meh?
 
2014-03-04 03:26:57 AM

HortusMatris: Not that having a drive-in church isn't weird, but what's with the crooked cross?
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If right-side-up cross=holy, and upside-down cross=evil, does tilted cross=meh?


Pinball and video game concession inside.
 
2014-03-04 04:42:27 AM
Pastor Bob Kemp-Baird was skeptical of the church's approach when he was first recruited two years ago, but now says he understands that's what it takes to get the offering dollars fromthe worship style works for his congregation.

/no mention of how he extracts the offering dollars from his congregation
//policy on tearing off a piece during services?
///gives new meaning to getting serviced
////one of the less objectionable ways for a pastor to fill his congregation's seats
 
2014-03-04 04:44:02 AM

HortusMatris: Not that having a drive-in church isn't weird, but what's with the crooked cross?
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If right-side-up cross=holy, and upside-down cross=evil, does tilted cross=meh?


It means they have a screw loose.
 
2014-03-04 05:30:52 AM

fusillade762: I always thought that felt like cheating.


We do a livecast of our church as well, mostly for people who are sick, travelling, etc, but hey, it can't hurt to reach out to people who wouldn't normally show up.  We use the same feed to make DVD's for people who can't or won't internet or something.  Probably the cheapest thing a church can do to reach out to the community.
 
2014-03-04 05:33:44 AM
I'm going to sneak in some 'believers' in my trunk.

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Better make some air holes first...
 
2014-03-04 05:47:43 AM

reubendaley: he understands that's what it takes to get the offering dollars from the worship style works for his congregation.


I hate seeing this getting trotted out.  Damn near all of us involved in a church do it for free; Those that do get paid receive a pittance; and the lights and water cost more than the pastor in every church I've been involved in.

No idea what got you so riled up, but, man, we're not all televangelists.  Some of us just like to do something positive, and have a shot or five on a Wednesday.
 
2014-03-04 06:08:55 AM

demaL-demaL-yeH: What's next? Beer during services?


Yes.
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013 /11/03/242301642/to-stave-off-de c line-churches-attract-new-members-with -beer

/on mobile, so no html
 
2014-03-04 06:24:07 AM
The church was never meant to be a place to go on Sunday to hear one guy talk about the bible for an hour.

It was supposed to be a group of people who all believe in the same God, meeting together regularly, helping each other out, and doing whatever they could to help meet the needs of the rest of the community/world they live in. A drive-in church seems so far off the mark it's almost funny, if it wasn't kind of sad.
 
2014-03-04 06:39:37 AM

HortusMatris: Not that having a drive-in church isn't weird, but what's with the crooked cross?
[media.npr.org image 425x239]
If right-side-up cross=holy, and upside-down cross=evil, does tilted cross=meh?


This is just an assumption, but I'd say that's the position of the cross when it's being dragged by somebody about to be crucified.
 
2014-03-04 07:05:45 AM
I lived about a block away from this church back in the early 80s. There used to be a bagpipe and drums group that held practice/piping lessons there once a week. I'd go out and sit on my back porch and listen to them as they played at sunset.

/damn memories
//off my sandspur-infested lawn
 
2014-03-04 07:23:17 AM
Make fun all you want, but it's still not a mega church.
 
2014-03-04 09:14:03 AM
When people drive to church on Sunday, it's to sit for a service on uncomfortable wooden pews. Not at the Daytona Beach Drive In Christian Church in Florida. And no, this article isn't from 1961

Is subby?  WTH is this even supposed to mean?
 
2014-03-04 09:14:13 AM
My parents managed a drive-in from 1971 until it closed in the 90's.
 Trinity Lutheran Church thought it would be a good idea to have a drive in worship service starting about 1976 or so..
 Know what that meant?
It meant we had to get up while it was still dark and pick up paper,cans,bottles and yucky stuff from the night before.
Dad would turn the intermission lights all the way up and 4 very sleepy young teens would walk down every row with a large green garbage back cleaning up.
Being the exhausted heathens that we were,we would wash up when we were done and go back to bed.

   The pastor had a song that he liked to sing every Sunday morning to get people involved- "If you're happy and you know it honk you horn"... then it was "turn on you wipers" and 'tap your brakes'.
     I hated that song because it always woke me up just as I was drifting off.
The church bought the  land the drive in was on and now I hear they're going to build a HUGE church there too.
 
2014-03-04 09:27:16 AM

clintster: I lived about a block away from this church back in the early 80s. There used to be a bagpipe and drums group that held practice/piping lessons there once a week. I'd go out and sit on my back porch and listen to them as they played at sunset.

/damn memories
//off my sandspur-infested lawn


What is the deal with those things? I was mowing my lawn the other day and a sandspur actually got kicked up my shorts by the mower. Pernicious little buggers to be sure.
 
2014-03-04 09:52:57 AM
Re: HortusMatris

Maybe that "Left Leaning Cross" means that this isn't a Conservative Church!
 
2014-03-04 10:07:12 AM

HortusMatris: Not that having a drive-in church isn't weird, but what's with the crooked cross?
[media.npr.org image 425x239]
If right-side-up cross=holy, and upside-down cross=evil, does tilted cross=meh?


It's a hipster cross.
 
2014-03-04 11:38:41 AM

trappedspirit: When people drive to church on Sunday, it's to sit for a service on uncomfortable wooden pews. Not at the Daytona Beach Drive In Christian Church in Florida. And no, this article isn't from 1961

Is subby?  WTH is this even supposed to mean?


It means subby thinks that Drive In movie theaters don't exist anymore, that they're some sort of historical footnote, instead of looking at the internet and finding many are still around.

For example, this one is still around - http://www.delseadrive-in.com/  Approx 1 hour ride from Atlantic City (though basically in the middle of nowhere)
 
2014-03-04 12:07:59 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: trappedspirit: When people drive to church on Sunday, it's to sit for a service on uncomfortable wooden pews. Not at the Daytona Beach Drive In Christian Church in Florida. And no, this article isn't from 1961

Is subby?  WTH is this even supposed to mean?

It means subby thinks that Drive In movie theaters don't exist anymore, that they're some sort of historical footnote, instead of looking at the internet and finding many are still around.



Drive-in churches have been around since the early 60's, when the car culture began to dominate the US. Articles like this were common in magazines and newspapers back in the day.
 
2014-03-04 12:21:10 PM
Do they also offer Drive thru communion?

"The Body of Christ...please pull up to the next window".
"The Body of Christ...please pull up to the next window".

"His blood shed for thee...Please pull ahead"
"His blood shed for thee...Please pull ahead"
 
2014-03-04 12:25:58 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: trappedspirit: When people drive to church on Sunday, it's to sit for a service on uncomfortable wooden pews. Not at the Daytona Beach Drive In Christian Church in Florida. And no, this article isn't from 1961

Is subby?  WTH is this even supposed to mean?

It means subby thinks that Drive In movie theaters don't exist anymore, that they're some sort of historical footnote, instead of looking at the internet and finding many are still around.

For example, this one is still around - http://www.delseadrive-in.com/  Approx 1 hour ride from Atlantic City (though basically in the middle of nowhere)


They are playing Robocop and the Lego movie at the one here in Memphis.  I was thinking maybe there was some nascar church history I was missing out on.
 
2014-03-04 12:53:33 PM

enigmaticsource: We do a livecast of our church as well, mostly for people who are sick, travelling, etc, but hey, it can't hurt to reach out to people who wouldn't normally show up.  We use the same feed to make DVD's for people who can't or won't internet or something.  Probably the cheapest thing a church can do to reach out to the community.


My church does this as well -- and I love it.   I'm on the road a lot (~300+ days a year, 40 so far this year) and can't always make it in person.  Instead, I can fire up my phone, Roku, tablet, laptop, etc., and watch it on there.  Often my fiance will still go and I'll watch the same service she's attending.  If I'm lucky, the camera pans out and I can see her on camera too.  When timezones or travel schedules become an issue, I download the broadcast (in podcast form) and watch it when I can. I've had a few times where I was in the air when the service occurred, but was able to download it while in the airport changing planes, then watched it on the next flight.
 
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