As Virus Affects Worship, Churches Seek Alternatives

Drive-through prayer and jumbotrons in parking lots are options.

Churches across America are planning for alternative means to share their worship experience as congregations are no longer able to meet in person for large gatherings in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

“We want to love people, bless people, and we want them to pray,” said one Texas pastor. “We want to be available to people and serve them.”

A Tennessee church is offering three drive-up services on Sunday where people will remain in their cars, tune their radios to an established setting, and watch the pastor deliver his sermon on a stadium-sized jumbotron.

Another southern pastor said his church will be offering drive-through communion.

Many churches will live-stream their pastors’ messages on websites. Others are offering prayer center hotlines. Churches are still finding means of mobilizing volunteers to help the elderly and vulnerable, to do hospital visits, or deliver food.

One pastor said, “It’s not so much outreach anymore as it is in-reach. The whole church all over the world is being forced to change their methods.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For churches—congregations and pastors—to find worship through the various technologies available.
  • For people to earnestly pray for the nation, government leaders on every level, and for one another during these days of self-isolation or social distancing.
  • For God to do His will in America as the time of the coronavirus progresses and to bring healing.

Sources: FoxNation, One America News


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