Jim Barley from Pop Church in Irvine, Texas filled their sanctuary with water for their series playing off the upcoming Pixar movie, Finding Dori.
From Jim: When our pastor wanted to do a series on Finding Dori, our team asked, “What better idea than to turn our whole service into the ocean?!”
So we removed all of our pews and pumped 3 feet of water into the room—right up to the level of the stage. We used Patmos Waterline hybrid-teflon on the floors to make sure the water wouldn’t leak out. We then told people to bring their water noodles and life savers and use those for their seats. We even handed out snorkels to the parents who wanted to keep their kids in the service with them.
We tried putting fish in the water to fully round out the effect for the series, but we forgot fish don’t do well with chlorine. So we held a sushi potluck after on the first weekend.
Besides a few electrical issues here and there, it went great! It took us about 2,000 rolls of paper towels to get the room completely dry after the sermon series, but it was worth it!