Socially distant drive-up Easter: Church gets creative to prevent coronavirus spread


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Sarah Gamard,


It was an unconventional Easter weekend, with churches practicing social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus. For many, that meant streaming services online or on the radio.


But at one Delaware church — Victory Christian Fellowship in New Castle — organizers got creative by holding the service in the parking lot.


The "drive-up" services outside the church's building were apparently popular, with about 280 cars that averaged two to six people per car attending, according to Gary Whetstone, senior pastor of Victory Christian.


Attendees stayed in their cars and parked two cars apart, and rolled down their windows "at the most, one quarter of the way" to get the bulletins, he said. Meanwhile, more than 2,000 people also watched the services online throughout the weekend, he said.


"It was a tremendous, tremendous success," Whetstone said. "It worked just like we planned."


The church also gave out almost 1,000 boxes of food with fresh vegetables and frozen meat for attendees to deliver to others in need, he said. Those who were delivering the boxes had masks and gloves on, he said.


"There's ways to help people during this pandemic, and we just need to use what's within our reach," Whetstone said. 



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