Congregation does something very different for National Return to Church Day

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

PETERSBURG, VA. -- One group of churchgoers did things a little differently as part of National Return to Church Day Sunday by holding their service inside  local movie theaters.

After the service, members of the Destination Church gave back to the Petersburg community by volunteering at the Dunlop House, the YMCA and other organizations. They also picked up trash along Temple Avenue.

The congregation said it is important for members of the faith community to lead by example.

"Church is not a building the church are people -- and we are not perfect people,” Destination Church  Executive Pastor  Jim Pourteau said. “So what we do is today is the day people come to church typically to a building, but we said lets cancel all of our church services and lets go into our community and actually be the church. "

Organizers said about 800 people turned out to help.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.