Religion at Cypress Gardens; Bring Back Day of Discovery
May 8, 2009
Anyone who grew up in the 1970s would know the show. It’s Sunday morning, and all of a sudden you hear “Discovery, Discovery, Day of Discovery” and then these beautiful chiffon-singers standing under a pavilion in Cypress Gardens start to sing a hymn.
Day of Discovery, part of RBC ministries, started in Florida in St. Petersburg, and eventually moved to filming an entire season of shows at Cypress Gardens, the Winter Haven theme park that recently reopened after shutting down last fall.
One great idea to help revive Cypress Gardens is to bring the services back. We pull from the eCypress.com website’s interview with Burma Davis Posey, who helped save the park when it was threatened. She had an excellent idea for bringing visitors on Sundays, namely to offer the gardens for guest preachers on Sundays.
* Sunday morning services at the stadium for tourists and locals looking for a place to worship each week. “Day of Discovery” formerly broadcast from there before the former owners lost the contract. There can be visiting pastors, church choirs, musicians, etc. booked to speak and perform each week. The stadiums are already in place to use. Churches across the nation will look forward to a cherished opportunity to lead the service at Cypress Gardens. And this will bring new visitors with their family and friends from around the country. This could be beyond wonderful and lives could be touched in an eternal way! Perhaps a national ministry could be enticed to return to broadcast from the Gardens as Day of Discovery did for many years.
Today, the Day of Discovery ministry is in Michigan, and film crews go around the world venturing to Christian sites. Good stuff, but we do miss the Cypress Gardens shows. Who else but Cypress Gardens could get some water-skiers to drag flags around to promote a pop-culture religious program?
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