A light shone for the Durban Christian Centre
SOUTH AFRICA: The Durban Christian Centre (DCC) once stood in Mayville, KwaZulu Natal, and often held events that were lit by lighting designer Michael Broderick. When the 5,500-seat sanctuary, fondly referred to as ‘The Jesus Dome’, recently burnt down during a fire in June, Mr Broderick and Brandon Bunyan from Black Coffee decided to light up the sky using 12 Clay Paky Mythos in what was described as ‘an act of compassion for the church’s loss’, and turned to DWR Distribution for assistance.
‘When we told DWR’s Duncan Riley about our idea, he insisted that the globes in the Mythos be 100 per cent new and that the lights be freshly serviced,’ said Mr Bunyan. ‘He then sent for his Durban branch crusade captain, Nick Barnes, to put the action into place. Nick also set up the fixtures.’
The Mythos spotlights were positioned in six clusters of two in a semi-circle around the DCC’s car park and aimed up with the beams of light meeting in the sky. ‘We got stiff necks from looking up with our mouths open,’ recalled Mr Bunyan.
‘We thank God that no one was injured in the fire and the prayers and concern of so many people has been a heart-warming experience amidst the tragedy,’ read a message from the church on its website. While the congregation awaits a new premises, services are taking place under a tent in the car park, affectionately dubbed the ‘DCC Jesus Tent’.