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Asbury UMC Finds Design Solutions at WFX

Asbury UMC Finds Design Solutions at WFX

Asbury UMC in Tulsa, OK met AE Global Media at WFX, and worked together to create the world's largest environmental projection system in a church.

The Asbury United Methodist Church environmental projection system was just one part of an AVL renovation project the church initiated. Asbury found the help they needed through attending WFX, the Worship Facilities Conference and Expo.

"I was teaching a class on stage design," states Donnie Haulk, CEO of AE Global Media based in Charlotte, North Carolina, "and some of Asbury's staff attended. We had a conversation with them after the class, and the church came and visited our booth on the Expo floor."

Asbury also met Churches by Daniels, a design/build firm located in Tulsa, on the Expo floor at WFX.

"They were walking by our booth and liked an image of our Victory Church project," describes Rachael Rowland with Churches by Daniels. "We do a lot of work with Donnie and AE Global Media, and the church liked that we could come in together to discuss both the stage redesign and the AVL upgrade."

"The contemporary service at Asbury UMC was taking place in their gymnasium," says Haulk. "The leadership wanted to bring that service into the main auditorium, but realized that the AVL system and traditional architecture would be a challenge in making the contemporary service work."

To facilitate this transition, Churches by Daniels enlarged the stage and added stonework to the back wall of the stage. New rigging and light pipes were added to support loudspeakers and new lighting fixtures. And AE Global replaced the audio system with one that would enable a louder volume and a faster changeover from their traditional service to the contemporary.

"The church tasked us with designing a stage and AVL system that would support a 15-minute change-over," says Haulk.

The new environmental projection system is key to changing the feel of the space. Stained-glass windows are projected during the traditional service, and imagery that supports the theme of the service, such as a city skyline, is projected at the contemporary service.

"It's the largest environmental projection system in a church," comments Rowland. "They have an amazing vision for taking a traditional space and making it feel contemporary."

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