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Winchester church hosts movie event to help with anxiety in community

Posted at 1:00 PM, Jul 17, 2020

WINCHESTER, Ky. (LEX 18) — Anxiety, stress, and depression are just some of the mental health concerns people have been dealing with during the pandemic.

When it comes to the well-being of his congregants and even those outside of the church, Pastor Marvin King with First Baptist Church in Winchester says he's noticed the stressors of the pandemic hitting the community hard.

"We just want to do something for our community to help people deal with the psychological and emotional pressures of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said King.

Friday night, a local park will be turned into a drive-in movie theater, complete with a concession stand. The big screen will feature the 2015 film 'Woodlawn.' People can watch from their cars or in lawn chairs while keeping their distance. It’s a chance to escape, if only for a few hours.

"It's a way of helping them understand that as many of the things that have changed, there are so many things that we are still doing even as a church,” said King. “Even though we're not gathering, we're still serving and we're still coming up with ways to engage and create community among people."

The movie will start playing Friday night at dusk at Harmon Field in Winchester.