I remember attending church when I was little, before I really ever understood the miraculousness of life. It was a small, cozy, quaint place where everyone new each other’s names, there were always refreshments, and it was really community ran. I would say no more than 50 total members of the church.
Now going to church is a whole different experience! Churches have grown in big cities, to be small entities in and of themselves. My church now is enormous! There are over 15,000 members that attend my church. Many of my children’s friends and families attend as well, so it is a nice place to learn meet and socialize. I am sure you are wondering how in the world the church gives such a huge service to so many people.
Well honestly, it would not be possibly to communicate to that many people on such a deep clear level if not for technology. The church has an amazing set up including an LED wall, LED panels and screens, and even LED curtains! This allows for the church to have the preacher on the large screens, that way everyone can see him. They can also have the LED wall with the preacher’s live video feed on it, and have the versus to the hymns we are singing on an other screen.
They even have special youth group events during the week, which my kids love to go to! I have a son in high-school who also plays guitar. He is a very active member of the church, and will even play music in the churches band, while all the other high-schoolers sing along, the words posted on the large LED screens! The LED curtains also change color and can have video effects, and make it seem like they are all at a rock show! I feel that this is really healthy for the kids to have an outlet to experience this type of energy, but in a safe environment! They even offer similar events for the middle-schoolers! My daughter enjoys going to the weekly services, and they often show movies on the LED screens to hep sustain the children’s attention. When we had her baptized, the whole family could see because the church could put the video of it up on the LED screens while it was happening, which really helped grandma be able to see!
Another great thing about having this technology at the church is the wonders it can do for transforming a wedding! My younger sister actually got married at our church, and we have a huge family! Everyone was able to see the newly weds exchange rings and kisses. There were home made videos displayed and all around the LED screens and curtains really helped set the mood and make it the fairy tale wedding my sister always dreamed about! What was really fun was the fact that they had a band and DJ play at the reception, and the lighting effects made it feel like we were at a concert! It was such a magical evening!
What I find most interesting about the LED panels is that they are each individual tiles that can be latched together to make bigger screens. This means that if the preacher ever needs to go give a smaller sermon else where, he can take a LED screen with him. Overall these are very affordable investments for the church to increase communication and reach out to as many people as possible!
700 Cowan St.
Nashville, TN 37207