BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) – A Blacksburg Church is making it safe for people to worship amid COVID-19 concerns.
“I get to get out and see the people that I enjoy being with,” says Patsy Bean.
On April 5, also known as Palm Sunday, church members from Blacksburg Pentecostal Holiness Church gathered together for their first drive-in service.
The church was closed for three weeks since coronavirus cases started increasing throughout the Commonwealth.
On March 30, Governor Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order for all Virginians. Since then, faith communities like Blacksburg Pentecostal Holiness Church have found creative ways for people to worship together.
Bean has been a church member since 1990. She says she never missed a Sunday service, and often likes to bring her family along.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, people across the world have been experiencing hard times. Bean says she’s one of them.
She was recently laid off from her job at a McDonald’s location in Pearisburg. Bean had been working there for over 26 years.
“I was a cashier. They had to close the lobby, so they didn’t have enough hours to give me work,” says Bean. “They laid me off with the promise of calling me back.”
Church members congregated for worship service at 10:30 a.m. Four cars, with seven people in total, were parked alongside one another beside the church’s building, following social distancing guidelines. Although the church usually sees 30 people attend Sunday service, Pastor Allen Bouldin says he’s glad faith-based organization like his are able to host drive-in services in attempts to uplift people’s spirits.
Darrell Perkins says he loved the experience.
“I hope everything goes well with this so we can continue on. With everything shutting down, I’m hoping they don’t close the churches down,” says Perkins.
Bean says while times are uncertain, it’s important to keep the faith alive.
“You don’t know what you’re going to face from day-to-day, but I do trust in believe in God that he’s going to make a way,” says Bean.
Church leaders say they plan on continuing the drive-service every Sunday, unless otherwise noted.
Blacksburg Pentecostal Holiness is located at 600 Center Street in Blacksburg. For more information about the church, visit their Facebook page here.
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