Churches aim to reach masses virtually for Easter
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Churches across Michiana prepare for Easter mass with alternative ways to worship.
The novel coronavirus has prompted governments across the world to restrict religious services to stop its spread.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued an official guidance Thursday, calling on churches to follow CDC advice.
Reaching all churchgoers is the challenge for much of the church community in Michiana during the pandemic.
Most like Evangel Heights Church on Ironwood Road plan to stream Easter mass on Facebook.
Some, like Progressive Mission Church, will utilize a simplified website.
A few others like Crossroads Church in Goshen will continue drive-in Sunday services in which folks can stay inside their cars.
But the overall experience remains the same, Sunnyside Presbyterian Church Interim Pastor Ken Locke said.
“We are going to celebrate the risen Christ in our living rooms and kitchen sand dens, wherever we are watching it,” Locke said.
“That doesn’t mean that Christ is any of the less risen because we’re somewhere else. If anything it means he is even more present in our individual lives.”
Online Easter services will likely result in the biggest virtual day for the Christian world - maybe ever.