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Local church to offer free movie nights through end of the year

COVINGTON -- Covington First United Methodist Church is reaching out to the community by offering free Screen on the Green movie viewings monthly through the end of the year.

The church will show family-oriented movies at dusk in front of the Sanctuary Annex, the former site of the Church of the Good Shepherd downtown between Church and Monticello streets.

A license agreement prohibits the church from releasing to the media the titles of the movies to be shown, according to Administrative Assistant Claudia Minge, but she promised they will be films that can be enjoyed by all ages. Those who would like to find out which movies will be shown can call the church at 770-786-7305.

All movies will begin at dusk. The first show will be tonight at about 8:15 p.m.

Other Screen on the Green dates are: July 16, Aug. 13, Sept. 17, Oct. 2, Nov. 26 and Dec. 5.

The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Free refreshments will be provided. Tonight's refreshments will include hot dogs, popcorn and drinks. Refreshments will vary from month to month and in the future will include ice cream, watermelon and hot chocolate. Donations will be accepted to benefit the church's mission programs.

The idea for the Screen on the Green event came about when the church participated in the Change the World, Impact the Community Day held in May.

"We don't want that just to be a day; we want it to be a lifestyle that we lead. Anything we can do to bring the community together and encourage Christian fellowship and provide a place for people to come to, that's our purpose," Minge said. "(Pastor) Doug Gilreath, being so community minded, didn't want it to be about the Methodist Church, he wanted it to be about community, it doesn't matter what denomination you are."

Some of the movie nights will coincide with the 2nd Friday Summer Concert Series on the Square Park hosted by Main Street Covington and the Arts Association in Newton County, beginning right around the time the concerts end.

"Anything we can do to partner with the community will benefit all of us. It's a whole free night of entertainment. You can walk from one place to the other," Minge said.