CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing has forced many churches to get creative to celebrate Easter.
Although many churches aren't able to physically meet for this year's Easter Sunday, church leaders are still finding ways to speak to their followers.
As we mentioned at the start of this Easter weekend on KRIS 6 News, many churches have been making adjustments to services, with many of them using live-streamed videos. This Easter Sunday the Church of Hope in Calallen hosted Drive-in services.
“We have spread out our services today: a sunrise service, a 9 o’clock, and 11 o’clock so we would not be over-packed on any one given service so we would make sure we would have the confidence to keep everybody safe and at a safe distance,” said Church of Hope Pastor Rod Young.
For the first time in nearly three weeks, some churches were able to congregate this Sunday... while still practicing social distancing.
“It has been pretty eye-opening, but it has brought us closer together, made us stop and think what is really important in life and not take a whole lot of things for granted,” said Margie Torres-Garcia.
Orders to stay at home and practice social distancing is affecting how believers worship all over the country.
“It is an amazing thing to think, during Passover, never has there been this many people inside their homes gathering together to celebrate Jesus the Lord who is our Passover,” said Pastor Young.
“You get to teach your children too. Not only is it about Easter and eggs, it’s about what Easter is truly about, and it’s about the resurrection of Jesus,” said Torres-Garcia.
The Church of Hope feels that converting their church’s parking lot into a drive-in for folks to celebrate on this Easter Sunday is a unique way to not lose touch without touching.