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Trading pews for parking spaces: Church holding Easter service in parking lot

Christ Church International in Longmont is holding services in the parking lot so people don't have to get out of their cars.

LONGMONT, Colo. — Sunday will be an Easter unlike any other. Churches around Colorado are coming up with new ways to celebrate while keeping people socially distant.

From virtual services to drive-in church, the COVID-19 pandemic is changing how people worship. 

"Yeah, it definitely is odd," said Matthew Spencer, Associate Pastor of Christ Church International in Longmont. "I’ve never done a drive-in church service. I’m excited to do this."

At Christ Church International in Longmont, they’re trading pews for parking spaces.

Easter service will be held out back. Members of the church will stay in their cars as Matthew Spencer preaches from an altar somewhere in between the lamp post and where the concrete turns to dirt in the middle of the parking lot. 

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"We’re just going to set up a little stage, kind of a stage, here in the dirt area," Spencer said walking through the parking lot. "This is where I’ll be preaching from, right about here."

What’s usually a back alley, will soon transform into a drive-through lane.

"We have prepackaged communion elements and we’ll be distributing them with gloves," said Spencer. "It’s a way for everybody to be together but separate and practice good social distancing."

You can watch the live stream of the service in Longmont here.

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