“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can,” huffed the fabled train as it made its way up the winding mountain tracks. If you have ever hosted a church or community event, you know that it can feel like pulling a heavy load up a long hill. Recently, the SBC of Virginia introduced a new tool for churches to use to help with events, and it has something in common with that fabled train – it can get the job done. It is called the SBC of Virginia Media Trailer and comes packed with audio and video tools to help churches take the Gospel to the public.
Fred Unger, pastor of North Main Baptist, in Danville, used the trailer at a back-to-school outreach in August. “The media trailer was engaging. It attracted kids and adults to have fun playing trivia while learning about Bible characters,” he recalled.
Sean Best, collegiate minister at Hyland Heights Baptist Church, noted, “It is so easy to set up. It was a magnet to attract people to come to hang out with us.” The church utilized the large television by setting up a Nintendo Switch to play multiplayer video games. They added high-top tables and pop-up style shade tents in front of the screen to round out their temporary Student Center.
Story Church, in Virginia Beach, began meeting in July and used the media trailer to host their first public event called Warriors Way. They set-up a Naval Special Warfare-approved obstacle course with the media trailer in the middle of a 4.5-acre property. It was an outreach event to raise awareness for active duty and veteran suicides. “It was totally worth the trip to Lynchburg to pick it up. It was simple to use. Anyone who can set up a home theater can operate the media trailer,” recalled Jonathan Collier, a co-planter and pastor/elder of Story Church. “They used the media trailer to make announcements, do the morning kick-off, and had a DJ playing music all day long while the event was happening.” The church added two additional speakers to the trailer’s sound system to create 360 degrees of sound. At the event, a former special warfare service member called his wife and said, “I just found the church we need to come to.”
Riverside Fellowship, in Forest, simply used the screen and sound system in their church parking lot for several weeks to welcome visitors and new college students to their new location. The media trailer helped college students coming back from summer break to know they were in the right place. It also added an atmosphere of worship to the parking lot.
Whether it is adding a bit of media or serving as the central communication platform for your event, the SBCV media trailer is the “little trailer that could” and is there to help you. ■
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