With the state of Ohio ordered to stay at home after a shelter-in-place was issued amid the global coronavirus outbreak , religious services have had to get creative.
“We decided to do this as an alternative way to allow people to worship collectively in a safe environment of their own car and to honor the guidelines of our governor,” said Genoa Church Pastor Frank Carl.
Each service followed its usual order of weekly church services with their praise and worship led by their Music Pastor Kerry Buck followed by a sermon and offering shared by Carl.
“Instead of folks saying ‘Amen,’ our outdoor gathering would enthusiastically ‘honk their horn’ to show support in the moment,” he said.
Three drive-in services will begin starting next Sunday with the hope that as many as six possible services will be offered on Easter Sunday on April 12.
Jentezen Franklin, Senior Pastor of Free Chapel Church in Gainesville, Ga. moved his megachurch’s praise and worship services online in early March in response to the coronavirus epidemic.
“All that’s here are empty seats because the building and the seats are not the church,” said Franklin during a sermon.
Many congregations nationwide have decided to hold worship services in alternative ways since churches have closed their doors to slow the spread of COVID-19 by using online streaming services or uploading pre-recorded sermons on their social media accounts.