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Local church no longer meeting at movie theater

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Dayspring United Methodist Church finally has a place to call home, after having their services out of the Carmike Movie Theater for four years.

After a year and a half of building, Dayspring United Methodist Church finally had its first service in their new church.

"We had the dedication of the land before any of the ground was moved on this spot and it was hard to imagine that day to where we are right now and so it just doesn't seem real," said Paul Boyd, a church member.

Boyd who has been with the church since the beginning said the church has grown so much in the last four years.

"To me to see the growth of the church not just in terms of the number of people but in terms of the relationships and the support that we've received from people has been the most meaningful part," said Boyd.

 However, there are still a couple of members who say they miss the movie theater.

"There were a lot of popcorn smells in the theater and there were reclining chairs and cup holders," said Avery Olive, a church member.

Even though their new place doesn't have the cup holders, Pastor Jeff Olive says that's ok, because here it's ok stay for a while after the service.

"I think the biggest part for us is when services are over you can stay a while a visit and get to know each other and in the movie theater it was hard because there was a movie coming up so it was like thank yall for coming get out we'll see yall next week and here people can stay and visit so it's a different feel and its definitely good," said Jeff Olive, Pastor.

Church leaders said they had about 500 people attend Sunday services.

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