Bristol church raising donations by allowing football fans to park

Pastor Matthew Newton sets up cones in parking lot

BRISTOL (WATE) – Hundreds of people are already in the Tri-Cities ahead of Saturday’s game. Bristol Motor Speedway warns fans to plan ahead, try to carpool and pack patience, becuase parking spots are going to be hard to find.

One church in Bristol, Tennessee is capitalizing on all the visitors by charging donations for visitors to park on their property. Discovery Church off Exide Drive has been letting cars park for nearly three years. At the August race at Bristol Motor Speedway, they raised more than $3,000.

still0908_00002Pastor Matthew Newton said they have already had about 100 reservations, but hope to pack the church’s parking lot with around 300 cars.

“That money does help us in our mission of the church, going out and serving the community and serving the people around it,” said Pastor Newton.

During Battle at Bristol, the church plans on charging $20 to park a car. “It’s all by donation. So if somebody comes up and says ‘I can’t pay.’ We won’t turn you away, we’ll still let people park. A lot of times people give more because they say ‘hey we want to help,'” said pastor Newton.

Discovery Church partners with Agape Ministry, which works and supports an orphanage in Haiti. Some of the money raised this weekend will be added to this service project.

The church is allowing people to reserve parking spots online.

Continuing coverage: Battle at Bristol

 

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