The following is an article by the Yorkshire Evening Post
Looking through the movie listings for the latest big-budget Hollywood releases, you certainly don’t expect to see church meetings scheduled in at your nearest cinema.
But for residents in Headingley, Christianity is set to establish itself as a regular on the calendar with the historic Cottage Road Cinema
proving the location for congregation meetings of the Mosaic Church.
The church group’s first gathering, which featured a discussion about the recent film The Hunger Games and how it interacts with the themes of Christianity, took place on Sunday the 7th October.
The large evangelical Mosaic Church, which started in 2002, had been meeting in a refurbished warehouse in Holbeck since 2007 but has now grown to the point where it is looking to expand to other locations.
Hannah Mackley, one of the leaders of the new gathering, said: “We believe the church is a people not a building, so we can meet anywhere.
“The cinema was a perfect location – known in the local community, plenty of space, friendly staff and very comfy seats.”
The gatherings at Cottage Road Cinema, which recently celebrated its 100th birthday, will take place every Sunday evening from 5.45pm to 7pm.
The events will also feature singing, bible teaching and social events over refreshments in the cinema or in local pubs.
Matt Hatch, senior pastor at the Mosaic Church, said: “It is a great thing for the local community and it is great to be partnering with the cinema.
“I think 60 per cent of all churches in the UK don’t have anyone under the age of 20 and for whatever reason we have hundreds of these young people.
“We are trying to hold on to the biblical truth about who Jesus is.”
He said that the church, which has around 400 members, will move out of its Holbeck home at the end of the year and transfer into Cottage Road Cinema this week, before it secures venues in north and south Leeds next year.
The gatherings are hoped to bring the church closer to the people it serves in Leeds.