Coronavirus changing the way people worship

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, pastor Rex Simmons, of Living Grace Baptist Church in Piedmont, S. C. decided to have a drive-in style service so congregants could sit in their vehicles. Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Brian Harris prays Sunday, March 22, 2020, while live streaming the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church service at his home in Collierville, Tenn. Harris, who has been a congregant of the church for more than 35 years, said the COVID-19 outbreak is the only time he can remember not being able to worship in his church. "I know we're a community of faith. We're a community of believers," Harris said. "Here in the south, we're huggers. We love on people. Although we physically can't hug and we're encouraged not to do that, still love and check on people."

An elderly parishioner is blessed by Deacon Bill Shea on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the front entrance to St. Joseph Church in Charlton, Mass.

Two women say hello to Deacon Bill Shea on Sunday, March 22, 2020, who peeked out the door, but kept to the social distancing rules at St. Joseph Church in Charlton, Mass.

Cars line the entrance to St. Joseph Church. Parishioners drove to the covered entrance of St. Joseph's Church, walked to the windows with Deacon Bill Shea on the left and and Father Bob Grattaroti on the right, for blessings, on Sunday, March 22, 2020.

The Humphries family and their dog, are blessed by Deacon Bill Shea. Parishioners drove to the covered entrance to St. Joseph Church for a blessing on Sunday, March 22, 2020. The parishioners parked their cars and walked up to the windows to receive their blessings.

Reverend Allan Boyer of First Bethel AME Church in Paterson, N.J. conducts a service in the church's parking lot, keeping chairs six feet apart in accordance with social distancing practice recommendations from the CDC to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus on March 22, 2020.

Yvette Bryant-Clanton of Paterson puts on a mask before joining an outdoor worship service at First Bethel AME Church in Paterson on March 22, 2020.

First Bethel AME Church in Paterson conducts a worship service in the church's parking lot, keeping chairs six feet apart in accordance with social distancing practice recommendations from the CDC on March 22, 2020.

Carla and Bob Heritage sing "Fall Ye My Savior" in the chapel of St. John's United Methodist Church during an online worship in their chapel in Anderson, S.C. Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Hunter Hilburn of Anderson watches from a balcony couch at Capstone Church, a live online broadcast of his pastor Rev. David Barfield's sermon in Anderson, S.C. Sunday, March 22, 2020. The church usually has 200 in attendance but with many practicing social distancing, the online broadcast helps deliver the service. Hilburn, who usually runs the lighting at the church, didn't have to while his mother helped with the online production.

Andrew Cronic stands by the video camera for a live online broadcast of Capstone Church praise band with Lynneth Renberg (keyboard), Adam Renberg (guitar), and Jacob Barfield (bass) during worship in the nearly empty church sanctuary in Anderson, S.C. Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Andrew Cronic stands by the video camera for a live online broadcast of Capstone Church praise band during worship in the nearly empty church sanctuary in Anderson, S.C. Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Isabelle Rector, 14, daughter of lead pastor Kevin Rector, welcomes congregants before a parking lot service at Gallatin First Church of the Nazarene in Gallatin, Tenn., Sunday, March 22, 2020. The church hosted the drive-in service in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing congregants to safely watch from their parked cars, listening to the service via radio.

Lead pastor Kevin Rector, left, greets Amanda Stults, right, before a parking lot service at Gallatin First Church of the Nazarene in Gallatin, Tenn., Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Lead pastor Kevin Rector speaks during a parking lot service at Gallatin First Church of the Nazarene in Gallatin, Tenn., Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Congregants listen to the service from their parked cars during a parking lot service at Gallatin First Church.

John Bravo, of Gallatin, holds his hands up as music is performed during a parking lot service at Gallatin First Church of the Nazarene in Gallatin, Tenn.

Isabelle Rector, right, 14, daughter of lead pastor Kevin Rector, collects offerings with a butterfly net after a parking lot service at Gallatin First Church of the Nazarene in Gallatin, Tenn., Sunday, March 22, 2020.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/picture-gallery/news/nation/2020/03/22/coronavirus-changing-way-people-worship/2896129001/

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