Easter Sunday attendance figures have risen significantly at a church which gave away more than £20,000 worth of tickets to The Passion of the Christ.
The tickets, worth £20,000, were paid for by church funds
St Luke's Church, in Maidstone, booked up all the showings - more than 3,000 tickets - for the opening three days and nights at the town's Odeon cinema.
The £6.50 tickets, paid for by church funds, were given away on the internet.
Director of worship Russ Hughes said attendance figures at Easter Sunday services had risen by about 10%.
"Obviously it's Easter Sunday so you are going to get more people - but it has
been especially busy," he added.
"I've just been speaking to a couple who went to see the film two weeks ago
and have been coming to church with their young son since.
"All our people are saying they hear friends talking about the film and
talking about Jesus," Mr Hughes said.
"If people are talking about Jesus rather than gay bishops, that has to be a good thing."
Volunteers from the church had distributed 2,500 books
addressing various questions about Christianity from a stand they had set up
outside the cinema, Mr Hughes added.
The Passion of Christ, directed by Mel Gibson, has broken box office records around the world.
Mr Hughes said church officials came up with the idea to gain positive publicity for Christianity and give non-believers the chance to "reinvestigate" Jesus.
He told BBC News Online: "When a man like Mel Gibson makes a film like this it is a gift, and we just had to take advantage of that."