Virginia Church Adds Projection to Space with BenQ

Two ceiling mounted BenQ MQ769 DLP lamp projectors and a pair of 100-inch diagonal fixed screens add to worship services at Fairfields United Methodist Church.

Virginia Church Adds Projection to Space with BenQ
A pair of young women from a visiting group perform during a service on Sunday, Jan. 29, at Fairfields United Methodist Church in Burgess, Virginia, with one of the recently installed fixed screens shown in the background.

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Virginia Church Adds Projection to Space with BenQ

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BURGESS, Va. – For some churches, the prospect of adding something as significant as projection fails to garner any consideration year after year, to where it remains an unlikely prospect for the foreseeable future.

Then a new pastor comes to your church. He so happens to be a 29-year-old, and is seemingly very comfortable with technology, and those long held preconceptions end up being thrown to the wind.

Among the benefits that the new projectors provide is allowing for some congregants to “participate in worship in a way that (they were) unable to for a long time.”

“We are an older congregation; many members said we would never do it,” said Fairfields United Methodist Church Lay Leader Judy Mooers, who has worked with the new ceiling mounted BenQ projection system since it was installed. “(That first time, the new pastor) plunked down (a tabletop) projector and since then, the congregation has accepted (the idea of projection) very well.”

The move to a more permanent solution at Fairfields UMC was completed in July, as two BenQ MQ769 DLP lamp projectors were added to the worship space, along with two 100-inch diagonal fixed screens.

Once completed, four members of the church’s staff were given a training session on the new system, after which Mooers said she compiled a handbook to help someone handle the system, “If I can’t get there one Sunday.”

Mooers admitted that despite the improvements achieved with the two projectors and screens, additional work to the system is slated for down the road.

“We have sound hooked into our old, needs-to-be-replaced sound system, but we were not ready to replace too much at once,” she added.

Helping to install the projectors and screens, which took about a day and a half, was Bill Cronheim, owner of Entertainment Systems Corporation, based in Weems, Virginia. It was the first time the company has worked with the church, to which Mooers explained that ESC had “worked with a couple other local churches, so we got recommendations from a few of them,” before choosing the company for the project.

When it came time to determine which projector model would work best in the church’s worship space, Cronheim said, “They left it up to me to create the equipment list. I kept into account the throw distance and the ambient light, and picked the appropriate projector. I’ve been selling and using BenQ projectors the last 20 years, and find them very well made, feature rich and reasonably priced.”

As noted by Mooers, “We went with what Bill thought was the best, as we were not very knowledgeable on the options,” with the church trustees opting to go with lamp projectors over laser.

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Andres Caamano is the site editor for Worship Tech Director, which aims to inform tech directors, audio, video or lighting directors, creative directors, music directors and worship leaders about the latest technology, while also bringing to the forefront some of the most notable examples of leadership and completed projects that can be of benefit to houses of worship of all sizes. Andres joined WTD in 2015, and is focused on taking an engaged approach to the market; one that is encouraging, creative and set toward ministry purpose.
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