Church at the Googolplex

Interesting article in this morning’s paper about church congregations meeting at movie theatres. Rather than maintaining a church building and rectory and so on, they just rent the space on Sunday mornings before the matinee starts. The congregation gets a place to worship, the theatre gets a little rent money that they wouldn’t otherwise — everyone wins.

Now, personally, I wouldn’t feel like I was in church without a terrifying old organ, an older and dustier organist playing it, lots of gold doodads on the altar,  and an anatomically exacting sculpture of the Crucifixion. But that’s because I’m Catholic, so I believe in worship as an act of guilt and fear. It might work out better for others.

Bunch of heathens.

8 Responses to “Church at the Googolplex”

  1. Pitt says:

    I worship Sunday morning in an old barn, full of leaky engines and reeking of rat droppings and transmission fluid, to the god of internal combustion.

    But that’s just me.

  2. matt says:

    So are you far enough south that most of your neighbors fall into the broad (but aptly named) Crazy-ass Baptist category?

  3. Pitt says:

    Pretty much. The nearest Catholic church to me is about 20 miles.

    We drove past a Baptist “church” Sunday morning in our quest to find a decent place for breakfast (we ended up at a Waffle House) and I swear there were only 3 cars parked at it. Contrast that with the Mega-Churches that have 3,000.

  4. Adam says:

    I worship at The House of the Perpetualy Spinning Wheel. I beleive Pitt’s church and mine are sisters. My favorite part is the insence we burn. One part gasoline, 2 parts human sweat, one part motor oil, and a pinch of flesh.

  5. Pitt says:

    @ Adam,

    I believe our churches split in the Great Schism of 1974. But our worship practices are very similar; perhaps someday soon we can once again achieve unity. Gearheads begatting gearheads, and whatnot.

  6. matt says:


    Megachurches scare the hell out of me. I don’t think a house of worship is supposed to have a food court.

  7. BrianN says:


    Hey how about mass in a high school gymnasium? And Jesus makes the jump-shot!

  8. Kevin says:

    @ Adam and Pitt

    Being Cyclish I believe that your wheel was a good wheel and did many great things but it is not our Messiah.

    I don’t see why this would hinder us from coexisting in peace as we both agree on the sanctity of the fruit of the vine.

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