Our Lady’s Film Evenings
Everyone, regardless of belief is invited to our film evenings. Admission is free and there is always a joyful, lively, and inclusive atmosphere!
They started in 2011 as an initiative of St John Fisher Church’s long established Our Lady’s and Padre Pio’s Prayer Group. Today, the film evenings are better described as Our Lady’s Film Evening at St John Fisher Church Bexley as they have developed beyond a parish apostolate.
THIS YEARS PROGRAMME
We are delighted with the large range of attendees (Catholics, non-Catholic Christians, priests, nuns, and at times Jews and even Muslims), some who routinely travel considerable distance for the evenings. We have even had one visitor from Australia and another from Crewe! Many now travel collectively by bus or by car (the hall has a free car park), and more than a few find that they reconnect with old friends after years of separation. Some attendees even have their evening meal during the showing on their way home from work. We want to ensure everyone knows that they are most welcome!
The number of people attending varies on the film itself, prevailing weather conditions, and time of the year. A typical attendance is approximately 50, but we have had almost twice that number on one occasion!
Our aim is to provide:
- wholesome and top quality spiritual entertainment and education
- inspirational examples of a variety of heroic role models (saints)
- a joyful social evening providing opportunities for building community and for networking, especially between local churches
Admission to the evenings is free, but donations are gratefully received for charity. To date we have raised more than £2,800 which has been allocated as follows:
- £950 activities for seriously deprived children in Ukraine (AIC)
- £900 children’s orphanage in Goa
- £400 Third World Deanery Project (see following slide)
- £200 refugees in Syria and Iraq
- £200 to Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC)
- £100 St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP)
- £50 Saturday Friends work with the homeless
Each evening has a common structure of: welcome and introduction; a scrolling educational presentation on the theme of the film; and an interval for socialising, during which tea and coffee are served and the bar is reopened. In parallel there is a free books stall.
Please note that sadly these evenings conclude, at least temporarily, with the finale on 27th March when we will re-show (by popular request) a highly inspirational and entertaining movie about solo pilgrims walking the Camino de Compostela (Way of St James) – their encounters, struggles, and learning to love strangers, not only by sharing their food and drink, but also by sharing each other’s hurts from life’s trials. Tim Bowman will be available to answer practical questions about The Camino from his experiences of 5 times walking the Camino de Compostela, as well as walking the Camino Ignaciano and the Caminho de Fatima