For those who wish to sleep in or relax before Sunday worship, Radcliff United Methodist Church now is holding evening drive-in services in the church’s parking lot.
Starting this Sunday, these 7 p.m. services will replace the church’s morning drive-in events. According to pastor Tony Franklin, morning drive-in services started taking place at the church in June to provide a sense of fellowship among church members amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to catering to those who wish to attend church later, Franklin said the time change also allows for longer drive-in services because the summer heat will be less of an issue.
“We’re hoping that starting at 7, we won’t have as much of a hard cut-off,” he said.
During drive-in services at the church, attendees can listen to the broadcast by tuning into radio frequency 92.3 FM in their vehicles.
According to church music minister Christine Carman, Sunday’s drive-in service will include opening praise, greetings, an opening prayer, songs of preparation, scripture readings, a message, a closing song and a benediction.
During the service, attendees are encouraged to greet each other by honking their horns. Those interested in attending a drive-in service are asked to enter the church’s parking lot through State Street.
Attendees will be greeted by ushers who will provide supplies for communion and will guide them to their parking spaces. Attendees are asked to remain in their vehicles throughout the course of the service.
In addition to drive-in services, the church will continue broadcasting online services at 11 a.m. Sundays.
Since the start of the pandemic, the church has heavily relied on technology to engage with the congregation. This has included online church services, group meetings by teleconferencing and expanded usage of social media to provide Bible verses and worship music.
“We have stuff online just about every day of the week,” Franklin said.
Franklin said the church sees the drive-in services as a transitional program before in-person services are again made available.
“It’s a chance for people to get out in their cars and wave at each other, honk and see each other sort of in-person,” he said.