Church holds drive-in service, amid coronavirus crisis

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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (WETM) – A local church in Horseheads is offering a “drive-in” worship service for the faithful amid the coronavirus outbreak.

After churches nationwide are deemed non-essential, His Tabernacle Family Church decided to get creative.

Members of the church park in the Churches parking lot, and turn their radio stations to 100.9 The WOLF.

From the car, attendees are still able to see the pastor of the church preaching, but they are sure to maintain their social distancing efforts.

Volunteers hand out food and activities to keep children busy during the service.

What looks like a drive-in movie has now become a ‘new normal’ for churches worldwide.

“It will always be our choice to worship our lord and savior, no one will ever take that away from us,” said church member, Rick Simonds.

His Tabernacle Family Church wanted to come up with a way to have face to face interaction with the members of their church, but from a distance.

“A few of us saw other churches around the country doing it, and we were like hey that’s great,” said the children’s pastor, Aaron Stearns.

“To be outside and experience it, you’ll never forget it,” said church member, Morgan Simonds.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with public health officials, are continuing to urge people to stay at home, advising people to stand 6 feet apart.

Some churches are continuing to have full services with hundreds of people, violating a safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

One Florida megachurch pastor has been arrested for continuing to hold large church services despite current social distancing orders.

This poses the question: Could churches be losing their religious freedom amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m sad for people because it brings them in distress. The church has to be open,” said His Tabernacle Family Church pastor, Micheal Spencer.

“Why don’t they want us celebrating? Why don’t they want us praying?” said Spencer.

“We need Jesus more than anything right now,” said Morgan Simonds.

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