A Virginia Chick-fil-A opened its doors on a recent Sunday — sort of.
The popular fast food chain is known for remaining closed for business on Sundays. On its website, the company says they close their restaurants on Sundays so employees can “set aside one day to rest and worship if they choose.”
But according to WTVR-TV, one store decided to open — for a good cause.
WTVR reported that White Oak Community Church typically holds its services in the ballroom at an Econo Lodge hotel in Sandston. But on Sept. 3, they realized they couldn’t use the space.
“Upon arriving to our current worship location we found that the building has condemned signs on the door,” the church posted on its Facebook page. “The only legal use of any of the spaces are for the Econo Lodge to conduct business. We obviously do not have church this morning.”
The post called the ordeal “only a minor setback.”
“Often God sandblasted us out of places in order for us to see the next great thing that he has for His church,” they said. “A little frustrated this morning, but excited for what God has for our future!”
Church leaders began to search for a new worship space. One of the board members, who works at Chick-fil-A, contacted her boss and asked if the church could use the store for their Sunday service. He agreed.
In a video posted on Facebook, Pastor Dave Wilde thanked Chick-fil-A for “graciously agreeing to host us next Sunday.”
“No, they are not serving food … You cannot order chicken biscuits at Chick-fil-A next Sunday,” he joked. “So if you’re a current or future attender, and you always wanted to worship in a restaurant setting, this is your lucky day.”
Meanwhile, the church is still searching for a regular Sunday venue.
“We are excited to see what God is going to do next,” the church posted on Facebook.