Edmond Church Uses Innovation To Congregate

Sunday, March 29th 2020, 3:11 pm
By: Hunter McKee

Many churches have been forced to move their services online in order to combat COVID-19 and halt in-person congregation. 

However, Edmond Community Church wanted to find a way for their members to come together without having to leave the safety of their vehicle. 

“This is a way where we can provide a drive-in church idea and concept to help people feel a sense of hope and community while still being responsible and safe,” Edmond Community Church pastor Ray Strauss said.

Times like these can be tough with people feeling isolated. 

Strauss purchased a transmitter which broadcasts to congregants following along from the comfort of their cars.

“What are we going to do and how are we going to address these issues?” Strauss said. “Times have changed. Crisis also drives innovation and the church is no exception.”

Church members are using different techniques to engage with one another such as honking their horns.

Each vehicle is two parking slots away from one another to keep a safe distance.

“Being able to come out here and just be able to see your friends, even if it’s just across the parking lot, honk your horns and wave from a distance,” church member Michael Harper said. “It really helps with maintaining that sense of fellowship and community.”

The service is also streamed for people to watch online. This is the first time the church has tried streaming and plan to continue doing so moving forward.

“We did worship and we got to hear God’s word,” church member Christian Mathews said. “Even whenever we’re in our cars, we could still see everyone, so we still have community during the crisis.”

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