Parking Lots Take Center Stage on Easter Sunday
With people around the world under social-distancing orders, Easter Sunday church services became a focal point of attention this weekend. And while many churches streamed their services to the faithful at home, some made use of parking lots–theirs and others–to hold services without encouraging their flocks to gather too closely. A sampling:
- Praise Fellowship in Russell, Pa., used an empty mall parking lot, with their preacher speaking from an RV outfitted with huge speakers.
- Churches with drive-in movie theaters nearby used those to celebrate Easter, asking participants to stay in their cars the whole service.
- A church in Newburgh, Ind., used the parking lot of an empty movie theater and asked congregants to bring their own communion.
- A theater parking lot was the scene of a large service in Dusseldorf, Germany.
- A large lot hosted a service in Santa Ana, Calif.; attendants tuned in to a specific radio station for the service audio.
- Drivers in Omaha, Neb., used their car horns to sing hallelujas while watching service on a big screen in a large church lot.
Parking-lot services were run with skeleton staffs and repeated requests for people to remain in their vehicles (lucky convertible owners enjoyed the sunshine while abiding by the rules). Did something like this happen where you are? Let us know.