Amid pandemic, local congregations hold unconventional Easter services

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — Congregations across the tri-state hosted unique Easter Services on Sunday.

Rhythm Church in Newburgh held a drive-in service in the Showplace Cinemas parking lot.

Despite the lack of person to person interaction, those in attendance still got involved by honking their car horns.

Participants admitted the experience was different from anything they’d ever been a part of before.

People were able to listen to the service through their car radios.

In Evansville, hundreds of cars filled Eastland Mall’s parking lot for a similar drive-in service.

Cars parked every other space and turned on their radios to enjoy music and an Easter message from Pastor Prince Samuel.

The service brought together members of several Evansville churches, and someone from Deaconess Health spoke at the end of the service.

The original pastor scheduled to speak had to cancel, saying he was exposed to someone with COVID-19, and felt he should stay home.

And, in Cannelton, Chris Blake and his family hosted a Facebook live stream, where they played gospel music over loudspeakers.

Many people in their community also drove by to share in the praise.

Blake says that he and his wife came to the idea of providing an alternate experience for those celebrating the holiday, while continuing to practice social distancing.

He says that he hopes this can become a family tradition for years to come.

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(This story was originally published on April 13, 2020)

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