A Florida church is taking an uncommon approach to biblical teaching, as parishioners listen to Bible-based messages from the comfort of their vehicles each week rather than entering a physical house of worship.
Members of Daytona Beach Drive In Christian Church in Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., drive to an outdoor location, park facing an altar and tune in to a preset radio station every Sunday to hear their pastor’s message.
Members even participate in communion from the comfort of their cars, listening to directions on their radios about how and when to partake in the “body and blood of Christ.”
The church operates at the site of an old drive-in movie theater.
Some may balk at the uncommon nature of drive-in services. Pastor Bob Kemp-Baird was even initially a bit skeptical when he first arrived at the church, but his views eventually changed, reported NPR.
Some members told the outlet that the Daytona Beach Drive In Christian Church affords them much-needed privacy that they can’t get at other churches.
Consider Shirley Oenbrink, a parishioner who is now in remission after battling stage 4 cancer. As she struggles with recovery, she said she enjoys the privacy of her vehicle, where she can cry without judgement.
“It the time to let the tears flow and you don’t get questioned,” she told NPR. “I don’t like for people to feel sorry for me. And when I cry, my eyes get big, my nose swells up.”
Find out more about the Daytona Beach Drive In Christian Church here.
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