Bridge of Life church offers free Super Bowl party

February 05, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION |
  • Raven's fan Sean Gipe cheers on the Giants as they make the first touch down of super Bowl XLVI as he watches on a big screen at Bridge of Life Church in Hagerstown.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

Alexander Kimble said he doesn’t like being alone on weekends, so on Sunday night, he decided to take the Bridge of Life church up on its offer of a free Super Bowl party.

Anyone could stop by the church Sunday at 14 S. Potomac St. and hang out in the hip surroundings of the church’s youth room to watch the game between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants.

The room had a decidedly youthful feel to it with its mishmash of furniture, dim lighting and posters dotting the walls.

Three couches were lined up in a row in front of a big, pull-down screen, and there were at least six other smaller TVs showing the game.

Kimble showed up at the party before the game started and mingled with others. He took a seat on a couch with a plate of food as the gridiron match got under way.

“Whenever there’s a Super Bowl game, I’m always coming out,” Kimble said.

Kimble said he was rooting for the New York Giants, although taking sides didn’t really matter to him.

“It’s just something to do,” he said.

Dan Poyner, executive pastor of the church, said one of the reasons the church offers the Super Bowl party to the community is because there are people living downtown who don’t have any family in the area with whom they can spend time.

The church’s main sanctuary can hold 650 people, but the church likes to have the party in the youth room because of its more casual setting.

“This is more cozy,” said Poyner, adding that “you don’t have to worry about spilling stuff.”

The church offered fried chicken and drinks, and anyone who came was asked to bring a snack or a side dish.

Poyner said the church has been offering the party for about five years and about 50 people usually come out.

Chris Shingler, a member of the church, said Sunday was the first time he had been to the party.

“I usually stay at home. I know where the bathroom is,” said Shingler, laughing.

Daniel Young, 20, who has been coming to the church all his life, said he likes how the church reaches out to the community.

He said the church’s youth group, One Accord, meets in the youth room every Thursday, and some kids in the group never go to the church’s formal services in the other part of the building.

There was a lock-in in the youth room Friday night, during which youths spent the night playing video games and band instruments, said youth pastor Justin Perrow.

Before the room was straightened up for Sunday’s party, Perrow said he found food lying everywhere and couches pushed together.

“It looked like 20 teenagers spent the night and left. My heart sank,” Perrow said.

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