Central Christian Church hosts #039;Overtime#039;

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 12, 2003

It does not matter what the game's final score is, Central Christian Church makes sure there is always "Overtime" after Ironton football home games.

Through the generous gift of a congregation member, the church purchased a projector and has been showing movies on the church lawn, which is right across from Tanks Memorial Stadium, and has nearly recreated a bygone piece of Americana - the drive-in theater.

The goal is to provide a safe, fun environment for everyone in the community, young or old, Senior Minister Alan Tison said.

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With two more home games on the schedule, one tonight against Portsmouth and another on Oct. 10, Youth Minister Bill Requardt and Tison want to encourage everyone to stop by for the non-denominational event.

Tonight's movie is "The Rookie." With previous films like "Spiderman" and "Remember the Titans," the Central Christian staff hopes to provide youth and adults alike with a fun, yet still safe, environment after the game.

"This is our ministry to the community," Tison said. "It is a great opportunity to gather together as a family and enjoy a family-friendly environment."

Though visitors do not sit in cars, they do line the church lawn and enjoy free popcorn and refreshments that has become a staple of all movies.

When Requardt joined the church two years ago, he started working on concerts and other community events and this idea just grew from that, he said.

"We are just trying to give kids a non-threatening, safe alternative and keep them from doing things they shouldn't," he said. "Plus, it shows them that church is a positive place."

More than 20 adults volunteer at the events to ensure that it remains a safe environment, Tison said.

After Ironton's final home game in October, Central Christian will partner with First Baptist Church to show a movie and then offer a lock-in for junior high and high school students, Requardt said.

Overall, the movie night has been received well by both young and old, he said. Many people have just been walking by and decided to stop and stay for a while.

"It really is just something different," he said. "And they don't have to go far after the game."