Church moves service to accommodate football game

Church moves service to accommodate football game (Image 1)

A Sumner County church is moving its Sunday morning service to allow members to attend a football game.

Beech High School plays Station Camp High in a nationally televised football game at 11 a.m., which is when members of Station Camp Church of Christ regularly worship.

“My first reaction was, ‘Man parking is going to be crazy you know?'” said Minister Dan Cooke. “We were thinking about doing a grill-out, but we didn't want to take away revenue from the school's concession stand.”

The 150 member church normally meets at Station Camp Elementary School in Gallatin at 10 a.m., because of the game, Cooke and other church leaders decided to move worship services to 5 p.m.

“That way it'd give everybody a chance to go to the game and support our kids who are involved in the game and then we'll go have worship together,” Cooke explained.

He continued, “It's a once in a lifetime thing and it's exciting for these kids. We just want to give them a great memory and remind them the church family supports them and loves them.”

Cooke told News 2 the decision was a “no-brainer” and he doesn't believe by moving the service for a game is an indication that church isn't as important as it used to be.

“To me it's like most people have reduced church to just one hour on Sundays. And it's really more about being in each other's lives on a daily basis” Cooke said.

The church has many members who have close connections to Station High School.

“We would never ask them to choose to go to worship and be a part of something like this,” Cooke said. “We don't want to have to give them that choice.”

Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville is located directly across the street from Beech High School.

The church will hold its regular Sunday morning services, but added a tailgate party and worship service Saturday for anyone who wants to attend Sunday's game or watch it on television.

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