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Bishop goes to the movies in bid to boost church attendance
THE Bishop of Birkenhead is hoping a cinema setting together with clips from classic movies and a TV sitcom will help his mission to make Wallasey people see the “Light”
The Rt Revd Keith Sinclair will give five keynote talks at The Light cinema in New Brighton as part of the “Come to the Light” project to attract more people to go to church.
The Bishop’s first talk at the cinema will take place on Sunday, February 17, at 7pm, and has the theme “What about suffering and a God of Love?”
His address will feature clips from Stephen King's “The Shawshank Redemption”.
Perhaps one of the best-known lines from the Oscar-nominated movie is spoken by prison warden Samuel Norton: “I believe in two things: discipline and the Bible. Here you'll receive both. Put your trust in the Lord; your a** belongs to me. Welcome to Shawshank.”
The second talk, on February 24, will focus on the conflict in society between science and religion.
Clips from David Attenborough’s wildlife TV shows are among the images used by the Bishop to underline his points. He will also show a sequence from the Dawn French sitcom “The Vicar of Dibley”.
the Bishop said his mission is to revitalise the faith, and he is supported by nine C of E churches spread across New Brighton, Liscard, Wallasey Village, Seacombe, Egremont, Poulton, Leasowe and Moreton.
Other Christian denominations are supporting the campaign, which has backing from Churches Together in Wirral.
Bishop Keith’s other Sunday talks will take place on March 3, March 10 and March 17, all start at 7pm. Admission is free.