Bring the community together


Kelsi Holstein - PDT Contributor



Moana was played at Mound Park Saturday for the community.


Community members gathered in the middle of Mound Park Saturday to enjoy an outside movie, curiosity of Lifepoint Church.


There was a luau in the middle of Mound Park Saturday. The event, hosted by Lifepoint church, included a luau themed cookout, and an outdoor showing of the new Disney movie, Moana.

“All we’re doing is loving on the community,” Director of Lifepoint’s outreach team, Chad Monroe said. “So we just show up, we have a cookout and we play a movie.”

This is the third year that the church has hosted movie nights. They plan to do another one later on this summer.

“It just brings, literally community,” Monroe said. “If you watch old movies, think like a hallmark movie and you see all of the community gatherings, that’s bringing that back to our town.”

The community certainly did show up for this event, with blankets and chairs, ready to enjoy the movie. Beverly Mullins was there, she says she comes to bring the little ones in her family.

“It’s wonderful,” Mullins said.

Christi Rawlins, a member of the outreach team says that she thinks the kids that come enjoy watching a movie outside.

“You know we don’t have drive-ins anymore so this is kind of a throwback that they don’t get to do very often and I think that’s what draws them here,” Rawlins said.

Amanda Crabtree, also a member of the outreach team, says that they enjoy providing something to do for people in the community.

“I hear people say there’s nothing to do in this town, and there’s nothing for our kids to do, and so this is a way for us to provide something family friendly for them to do and they can bring their kids here,” Crabtree said. “It’s free and everyone can be involved together.”

Crabtree says she hopes people can start to see positive things in the community.

“I think a lot of times we hear negative about our community and I am definitely a supporter,” Crabtree said. “I think that so many times people want to offer negative without a solution and so it’s important for us to get involved and see the positive in our community. That’s something that Lifepoint is definitely very adamant about is that we want to reach out to our community and love on our community and show them that we care about them, and we ultimately want to see them come to our church.”

Moana was played at Mound Park Saturday for the community.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/06/web1_0603172030.jpgMoana was played at Mound Park Saturday for the community.

Community members gathered in the middle of Mound Park Saturday to enjoy an outside movie, curiosity of Lifepoint Church.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2017/06/web1_0603172029.jpgCommunity members gathered in the middle of Mound Park Saturday to enjoy an outside movie, curiosity of Lifepoint Church.

Kelsi Holstein

PDT Contributor