Watch Night Services


The new year is upon us and that means fundamentalist churches are gearing up for the annual ‘watch night’ service extravaganza. Out with the old…in with the equally old.

Watch Night services have served a multitude of purposes over the years. They have given fundamentalists an excuse not to go New Years parties with likker and rock-and-roll. Preacher boys get a chance to preach in front of folks who are so tired they don’t care whether the preaching is even intelligible. But most importantly, it’s historically the one night a year when the old reel-to-reel projector is pulled out of storage and MOVIES are played in the church.

Let not your heart be troubled, these are not evil Hellywood movies. They are granted special dispensation because they come from sacred places like Bob Jones.

How fundamentalists hearts have thrilled to films like Red Runs the River and Thief in the Night. No reveler in Times Square has ever come close to this kind of excitement on the eve of the New Year.


5 Responses to Watch Night Services

  1. Hannah says:

    We showed Thief in the Night once on an old projector and sheet-for-screen in Grenada. I remember it was nighttime (probably a watchnight service or a revival), and we showed it outdoors. It was scary in the dark! I had nightmares for years afterwards.

  2. Bill says:

    For the record, Thief in the Night is not a Bob Jones production.

  3. xapa21 says:

    I saw all those movies…twice! You are so, so funny. I LOVE this blog! I’ve been showing other people it all the time, and everyone thinks you are hilarious! Keep up the great work, you’ve got fundies pegged!

  4. Jen says:

    Thief in the Night scared the bejeebers out of me when I was a kid. I was already a Christian, but I prayed every night for at least a year that God would please not forget me when the Rapture occurred.

  5. donb says:

    Been there, done that. Excellent stuff. Oh.. you forgot the other classic to go with the “Thief in the Night” series entitled “The Burning Hell.” You can find it on Youtube. Classic fundy stuff.

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