Bayside Community Church was founded in 2002 in Bradenton, Florida, and now has multiple campuses across the central Gulf coast of Florida. The East Bradenton building was built around 5 years ago, but unfortunately, as budgets were tight, the space for their children’s ministry – Bayside KIDS – wasn’t as highly-specified as originally planned. However, when the time came for the area to be refurbished, this was rectified with a new installation carried out by church member, and owner of Crown Design Group, Ben Graham.

Production and live events have always been part of Ben’s life – his father was involved in a large outdoor theatre and Ben himself worked in live theatre and sound, before touring the world as part of the band ‘Since October’. After its members started getting married and having children, the band went their separate ways, and Ben joined the staff team of Bayside Community Church. Together with fellow team member Garrett Walker, they set up Crown Design Group in 2012, combining their different areas of expertise across the Audio-Visual industry. They have both been working full-time for the business for the last three years, working mostly with churches across Florida.

The children’s ministry at Bayside Community Church has its own dedicated space within the church campus, with separate classrooms for different age groups and a large central space where live performances are held every weekend, reaching around 2000 children aged from Kindergarten to 5th grade. Almost a megachurch in its own right, each Bayside KIDS session involves music and worship, and a live lesson from the stage. Everything is extremely visual, to keep the kids engaged.

The centrepiece of the stage set is an arrangement of 61 ADJ 3D Vision panels, with the hexagonal fixtures arranged in a rectangular honeycomb design. Measuring 15.8” x 15.8” (400mm x 400mm), the face of each 3D Vision panel is covered with a frosted white acrylic panel which diffuses the light from the 72 3-in-1 RGB LEDs beneath. This creates an even spread of light within each of the three sections and gives the 3D Vision a wide 180-degree viewing angle. Ben says, “the 3D Vision Panels were a bit of a gamble for us – we had never used them before, but we had a bit of budget left over and wanted to add some extra eye candy. Luckily it was a huge win and everyone loves them! They have a great price point and we didn’t have any issues setting them up.”

The stage set is an impressive truss design, created from square F34 Global Truss America truss. It incorporates a central goalpost, the mounting for the 3D Vision Panels, two screen surrounds and four truss circles. Incredibly, all of this fits together as one single truss structure and Ben worked closely with Global Truss to ensure that it would fit onto the pre-existing stage, using a myriad of spacers to achieve an exact fit between each of the individual elements. The truss is lit with ADJ 5P HEX and Saber Spot Fixtures. The Saber Spots were chosen for the screen surrounds due to their tight beam angle, created by a built-in ACL (Advanced Collimator optic Lens) that produces a razor sharp shaft of light, so that light wouldn’t spill out and interfere with the projectors.

ADJ Focus Spot Ones are also installed as part of the rig, on ceiling-mounted lighting bars – one above the stage and a second out above the kids’ heads. This fixture is a 35W LED moving head with a 3W UV LED included for an additional blacklight effect. These are used for eye candy, and to project GOBOs on the walls and floor as the kids are arriving. They can also be used as spotlights for the stage if required.

Another ADJ moving head fixture used in the install that impressed Ben is the Inno Pocket Z4. He comments, “I thought the fact they had a mechanical zoom was pretty cool for a light that is so affordable. Again, these were mainly installed for eye candy, but the zoom gives them something extra. It makes for some very fun visuals”.

More Saber Spots are positioned on top of the truss circles on stage, while ADJ Penta Pix fixtures are mounted on the lighting bar above. These units are used to create mid-air beam effects with the addition of a little bit of haze in the room. The Penta Pix is a five-head beam effect with pixel zone control and features five 15W 4-in-1 RGBW LEDs with ACL lenses. These particular fixtures were chosen due to their brightness and also the tightness of the beams they create.

For house lighting, Ben also turned to ADJ. He installed 22 COB Cannon Washes, mounted on a twelve-foot grid fixed to the ceiling. They sit about eighteen feet off the ground and provide ambient light to the room. The ADJ COB Cannon Wash is an LED par fixture that uses advanced RGBA C.O.B. (Chip On Board) technology to create extremely smooth color mixing with no shadows. It has a powerful 150W LED light-source and a wide 80-degree beam angle, making it ideal for this purpose. “These are our go to fixture for house lights,” Ben enthuses. “I’ve lost count of the number we have installed. They create an excellent wash of color!” They were chosen for this particular project as they wash the whole room with saturated colour which creates a more welcoming atmosphere than stark white light. The creative team from Bayside Community Church can also color match the house lights with the screen graphics to help create a more immersive worship experience.

Overall, the project is a huge hit, with the church especially appreciating the energy saving and low maintenance benefits that come with LED fixtures. Ben sums it up perfectly, “The church thinks it’s great, mostly because it fits their brief of being extremely visual and they didn’t have to spend a crazy amount of money to achieve this. And the kids absolutely love their new space!”


Bayside KIDS Backlot at Bayside Community Church

15800 FL-64, Bradenton, FL 34212

Lighting Company:

Crown Design Group

Lighting Designer:
Ben Graham

Steve Nealy

Gear List:
61 x ADJ 3D Vison Panel

22 x ADJ COB Cannon Wash

16 x ADJ Saber Spot

8 x ADJ 5P HEX

2 x ADJ Penta Pix

6 x ADJ Focus Spot One

6 x ADJ Inno pocket Z4

Antari HZ-350 Hazer

Antari AF-3 DMX fan

F34 Square Truss from Global Truss America