Theme Park & Bible Blessing

According to Dollywood’s Chaplain Joey Buck, people come to Dollywood either because they’re celebrating or looking for escape. Whichever reason draws you to our park for your next visit, know that there’s a group of people who have prayed for you.

One feature that makes us unique is that we have a chapel at Dollywood. It’s neat to walk through and see what an old country church would have looked like at the turn of the century. But in addition to being an attraction, it’s also an active place of worship.

Typically, the church bell rings on Sundays. There’s a short (30-minute) interdenominational service. The juxtaposition of thrill rides intermingling with sacred ground somehow works at Dollywood. If you take the time to do it, you’ll find yourself in awe as you sit in a church pew and look out at all the people passing by through Craftsman’s Valley.

Last weekend, the bell rang for a special Saturday service. For years, The Gideons International have supplied Bibles for our chapel. This group’s stated mission is to make The Word of God available to everyone. In fact, there’s a good chance you’ve seen a Gideon Bible placed in a hotel room or waiting room. This year, local Gideons and our chaplain had an idea: as they replace old Bibles, they’d ask a blessing on the park and all who come through our gate.

As Chaplain Joey explained, it wasn’t a prayer for success in Dollywood’s business. Rather, it was intercession for the lives we touch and for wisdom as we host our park guests. Those who participated in this special service were asked to bring the old Bibles sitting in the pews forward and then take the new Bibles and leave them in their place. As this exercise happened, men, women and even children were praying for the next people who pick up these Bibles. I think Chaplain Joey said it best when he said, “When you help people find God in unexpected places—like a theme park—it makes it easier for them to recognize Him in places you do expect.”

Life has seasons. At Dollywood, we love being a part of your family’s rhythm. This Bible Blessing service was an expression of Dollywood’s core values. Read more about our values here.

By | 2019-04-12T16:33:15+00:00 April 12th, 2019|Attractions|0 Comments

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Amber Davis is in the thick of navigating life as a working mom. She regularly balances meetings and tantrums —from her children, not coworkers. Growing up in Knoxville, Amber visited Dollywood and Sevier County often and now loves to share the same experiences with her own young family. Read More!
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