New Albany church joins others in opting for Easter drive-in service

Franklin United Brethren Church holds a drive-in Easter service in New Albany, Ohio. (WBNS)

NEW ALBANY, Ohio — For the first time, Franklin United Brethren Church in New Albany held a drive-in style service for Easter.

Senior pastor, Mike Brown, said they had their last service on March 15. They are among many churches that had to shut their doors due to coronavirus concerns.

He said usually, they have two services, but Sunday, they only had one.

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Pastor Mike said before Sunday, they have seen and heard about other churches holding drive-in style services.

Families are able to sit comfortably in their car and could even wear pajamas if they'd like.

"We always have a policy at our church, we don't care what you wear. Come as you are," Pastor Mike said.

As for parents, during one of these services, he said he understands younger kids can get restless. The church encouraged parents to bring snacks or games for the kids to do, while still being able to listen to the message.

He said as a pastor, the changes haven't been easy.

"More challenging than I imagined," Pastor Mike said.

However, he said he believes this time is pushing churches to get more creative and branch out. The pastor also said that they don't need a building in order to gather and continue traditions they love.

"The building is not the church sitting at 7171 Central College Road and our people are learning, like the Bible said, the church is the people," Pastor Mike said.

He said they wanted to see how Sunday went before deciding if they would continue every Sunday like this. He said they do not have online streaming services, but they have been updating their social media with updates and messages.

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