Recently, I was at a screening of the new 2015 movie, Polycarp, by Henline Productions. Before I went, I knew that Polycarp had been a real person killed for his faith in the early A.D. years, but I didn't know much more than that. I wasn't sure what to expect, but figured it wouldn't be entertaining, and rather would be educational... and probably difficult to watch.
I am SO GLAD I watched this movie.... what a blessing it was and my life will not be the same since watching it. The amazing faith and bravery displayed... the trust in the same God I serve... the changes God can make in a person's life..... all impacted me greatly.
Though it isn't specifically an "entertainment" movie, it gripped my attention from the very beginning. I felt involved in the story from the start... and my heart was touched. There was adventure, intrigue, family, love, betrayal and more.
We were concerned about having our youngest daughter there... the movie is rated PG.... but though it was not an easy story to watch, we were not sorry she was there.
Polycarp Movie - Official Trailer (Click to watch the trailer or watch below)
The movie is not available in theaters or on DVD yet... but it is being offered for screenings in churches right now. This is how I saw it... our church hosted a screening and invited the community to come. Our church did such a nice job of it... they had a large screen for showing it... the windows were covered and they had little battery candles on the floor to light the aisles. If I had thought of doing this post at that time, I would have taken some pictures that night... but I didn't and all of the pictures I am using have come from the Polycarp movie website.
If you are interested in having a screen showing at your church, you can go to the website
Polycarp Movie . On the website there is a page for churches and you can fill out an application. I think the pastor of the church can watch the film online to see if this is something he would like shown in his church. From what I understand, there is not a set fee for showing the movie in your church... they just ask that you take an offering and send it to them. (You can find out more by going to the website.)Our church asked the members of our church (ahead of time) to give an offering, but the night of the movie, there was no offering taken since this was being done as a community outreach.
The money is being raised to get this movie into the theaters... it is a worthwhile effort and I hope they are successful, which is why I decided to write this post. I also find that if I do see a movie, which isn't very often, sometimes I like parts of it and am disappointed in other parts. I feel that I can wholeheartedly endorse this movie-it truly is a blessing.
By the way, that night at our church, after the movie, there were free snacks provided down in the fellowship hall... popcorn, Skittles, juice and cookies. It was simple, but wonderful also... and people stayed and visited for quite a while. We had the snacks afterwards because drinks and foods are not allowed in our sanctuary. The only reason I am telling what our church did is to give an idea of how this could be done in your church if you wish to do this, but don't have any idea of how to proceed or plan; however, it doesn't have to be done like this at all. It turned out to be a wonderful event and I am so thankful to have been there. If you know of people who may be interested in this, please tell them about the movie... or send a link to this post. It is good to encourage those who put out good movies like this..... there are so many bad movies out there...and what a blessing when the good ones are produced.
So, if you get a chance to see this movie, I encourage you to do so... and I hope you will be as blessed by it as I have been. I look forward to reading your comments about this. I would also love to hear if you have already seen it. Thank you for visiting my blog today. :)
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