Church worship for silver screen actors

Rev Andrew Allington show what is to come with the community cinema nights taking place in The Parish Church of St Marys in Stainforth. Picture: Holly Allen.
Rev Andrew Allington show what is to come with the community cinema nights taking place in The Parish Church of St Marys in Stainforth. Picture: Holly Allen.
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WORSHIPPING has taken on a different role to the congregation at a church who have swapped prayers for popcorn.

While many flock to St Mary’s for mass the Stainforth church’s regular film nights are also proving a big draw.

The parish church offers an easier and cheaper alternative for those wanting to catch the latest DVD releases.

With a 12ft cinema screen, comfortable seating for around 45 people and a family film ready to be projected, St Mary’s makes sure residents get that ‘picture house’ feel that many mainstream cinemas no longer have.

Rev Andrew Allington has been delighted with its success.

“It’s been brilliant to see so many people come to the hall and enjoy a night with their families,” he said.

“I go into the local primary schools on the last Friday of every month before the film is being aired to tell all the children which one it will be.

“After it’s been on, the children are always coming up asking when the next film night will be held and which film will be on which is great to hear.

“It’s been such a success and offers families and children something else to do on a night-time.”

The church, in Field Road, underwent a major refurbishment around four years ago to turn it’s hall into more of a community centre.

A grant of £340,000 from the Rural Target Fund, which is offered to help develop regional community projects, helped to pay to install a new kitchen and much-needed improvements to its hall.

The hall is now available for the community to use for sports and family events.

A further £6,000 grant through Doncaster CVS helped pay for items including the screen, seats and projector.

Residents are invited to the next family film nights on January 27 and 28 at 6.30pm in the church hall.

Tickets are available from the Pippins shop in Field Road for £1.