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Connection Church films video for Easter Service
Justin Peay, video coordinator for Connection Church, left, films a video on one of the sets of Savannah Christian Church's "Journey to Bethlehem" event. The video will be shown during Connection's three Easter services. Assisting are Jon Irvan, center, and actor Michael Page. - photo by Special

    After four days of filming, the 15-minute video Connection Church plans to use during its Easter services is ready.

    Part old-time Nazareth period and part current period, the film will be interspersed throughout the service, shown in three parts.

    “It’s almost an event, rather than a structured service,” said Sean Fox, the church’s creative director.

    Fox had the idea for the video and shared it with video coordinator Justin Peay and worship leader Matt McKinney.

    “The rest of it was them,” Fox said. “What’s so special about this is that it’s the biggest thing we’ve done. Everything about it was new for the creative team.”

    Connection Church often uses a “bumper video” in its services, a 30-second to 1-minute video made to relate to a particular sermon series. The video takes about three days to do and has few or no characters.

    The 15-minute-long Easter video was almost three months in the making after conceptualization and filming, and involves approximately 20 church members for the movie cast and film crew.

    “It’s not the traditional storyline,” Fox said, “but it stays true to Scripture and the Bible as far as the main points; it’s really different.”

    The tagline on the church’s website says of the service: “We’re following the story of a carpenter. What he’s building will help change the world forever. But he doesn’t know it yet. It’s the story of one man and how he helped alter history with an axe, a hammer and a few nails.”

    The biblical time-period filming took place at Savannah Christian Church. Fox said Wayne Sullivan, the drama pastor at Savannah Christian and a personal friend, graciously lent costumes, props and sets from its “Journey to Bethlehem” event held during Christmastime.

    “My biggest fear was the weather,” Peay said. “It was raining everywhere around us on the Friday of filming in Savannah, but where we were.”

    And as soon as the film crew said, “That’s a wrap,” it started raining.

    Services on Easter Sunday will be held at 9 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., with child care only during morning services. Connection Church meets in the Statesboro High School auditorium.

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