‘God is Speaking in a Fresh New Voice’: VA Church Offers Drive-In Sunday Service by Andrea Morris for CBN News
As COVID-19 continues to overthrow every aspect of our lives, churches across the nation are adapting to new restrictions and finding creative ways to worship together.
Great Bridge Baptist Church in Chesapeake, VA, has modified its Sunday service into a drive-in experience – providing music and a message from the church’s rooftop.
Churchgoers sit inside their vehicle in the church parking lot and tune their FM radio to hear Pastor Will Langford deliver the sermon.
Pastor Langford told CBN News that he heard about drive-in services from a church in Texas. The church staff prayed about the idea, then announced it to the members, and launched their first outside worship service last Sunday.
“This gives people the opportunity to still maintain social distancing and be a part of a live service from their car…while in a safe environment,” he said.
Church members are grateful for the opportunity to unite and worship as a group.
Worship Pastor Jonathan Lowery said it’s encouraging to see people worshipping together again.
“It’s great to see our church family come back together – it’s an encouragement,” he said.
Lowery explained that our normal routines have been disrupted so we can get back to the heart of the matter – reconnecting with Christ.
“We are never alone from the Lord. We’ve been stripped away from the norm so our hearts can become in tune with Him.”
Christi Briggs, who is a member of the worship team, views the drive-in service as a gift to the community.
“We are providing a way to still have an opportunity to worship,” she said. “It’s a gift to the community from our church.”
Years ago, Briggs and her husband were married at Great Bridge Baptist Church. They were overjoyed for the opportunity to celebrate their wedding anniversary last week with their church family.