Congregations flock to the movies
A NEW Christian movie has proven to be a smash hit at the Redbank cinemas.
Courageous, a film produced by a United States movie-making Baptist Church, profiles four male police officers and the family challenges they face.
Crossroads Pastor Keith Pellicaan said his whole congregation attended a Sunday screening of the film.
"People are really excited about it, it was a really action-packed but emotional movie," Mr Pellicaan said.
Pastor Pellicaan, who conducts services in the Reading Cinemas every Sunday morning, said popular culture focussed too much on negative messages.
"There's a lot of good movies, but there's also a lot of bad movies, and the media has a very powerful effect on people," Mr Pellicaan said.
"These sort of movies give a bit of hope to people.
"A lot of men struggle with identity, and this movie gives them a message about what sort of person they should be."
Mr Pellicaan said the movie would also appeal to the wider population.
"It isn't overly religious, and it's pretty action-packed, so it'll keep people on the edge of their seats, but it'll also cause a few tears," Mr Pellicaan said.
A Reading Cinema spokeswoman said that while Christian movies were rare, they often drew large crowds.