New church to open in Cineplex in Millbrook

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MILLBROOK – A new church with a focus on contemporary praise and worship will open in Colchester County in the new year.

Pastor Bill Martin, of Debert, will soon open a new church, Points of Hope Church, in Millbrook. The church will begin in the new year and be held inside the Cineplex movie theatre. Monique Chiasson - Truro Daily News

Pastor Bill Martin, who has been ministering at Debert Baptist Church for the past five years, will open Points of Hope Church in Millbrook. The weekly Sunday service will begin on Jan. 5 at 9:45 a.m. in Cinema 1 of the Cineplex movie theatre.

Martin said there's a definite need for a church with a different approach that will hopefully attract people who are not attending other churches as well as youth.

"Do we need another church? The answer is ‘yes.’ Most churches are not full and that means a lot of people don't go or are not being reached, especially young people who think the traditional church is odd or different," Martin told the Truro Daily News.

"So this brings a different approach - church in a theatre. You can bring snacks and just gather to celebrate and be together," he said, adding the hour-long weekly service will be predominantly contemporary praise and worship. There may be some “spontaneous” preaching and occasional videos but music will be the focus of the gathering. The Hope FM Band will provide the music for the first Sunday.

A time of fellowship will follow the services, and as the church grows there could be a children’s program in an adjoining theatre.

He said more of the “preaching, teaching and reaching” would occur through the week as the church expands to include Bible studies, music programs and more.

Martin will wrap up his full-time service to Debert Baptist Church at the end of the year. He said the reason for the change was two-fold.

“I’ve had an overwhelming sense for more than a year that I have a call by God to do more … and (Points of Hope) is the answer,” he said. “Jesus came to set us free ... not enough Christians celebrate the victory.”

Also, the pastor believes he has fulfilled his ministry at the Debert church.

“I reached all we can do in Debert … we’ve expanded to seven days a week” of events, he said.

The idea of theatre-based church is also an exciting one, Martin said.

“This is not new. Across the country there have been more and more churches in Cineplex theatres … there’s no reason we should ever leave it … unless it got to the point we were doing stuff at night and needed a building.”

Martin stressed while everyone is welcome, he is not looking to take churchgoers away from the churches they currently attend.

Nicole Fraser, an assistant manager at the Millbrook-based theatre, added the opportunity to have a church gathering in the facility is exciting.

“It’s going to be great. It’s a great opportunity to widen our horizons” to welcome both people of faith for church and as well possibly attract new business at the theatre.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

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Pastor Bill Martin, who has been ministering at Debert Baptist Church for the past five years, will open Points of Hope Church in Millbrook. The weekly Sunday service will begin on Jan. 5 at 9:45 a.m. in Cinema 1 of the Cineplex movie theatre.

Martin said there's a definite need for a church with a different approach, that will hopefully attract people who are not attending other churches as well as youth.

"Do we need another church? The answer is yes. Most churches are not full and that means a lot of people don't go or are not being reached, especially young people who think the traditional church is odd or different," Martin told the Truro Daily News.

"So this brings a different approach - church in a theatre. You can bring snacks and just gather to celebrate and be together," he said.

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Organizations: Debert Baptist Church, Hope Church, Truro Daily News

Geographic location: Millbrook

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