Area Churches Schedule In-Person Easter Sunday Services – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana weather
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Some churches are celebrating Easter in person for the first time since the pandemic. News 8 was reporting virtual and drive-in services as Indiana was on lockdown this time around in 2020.
Several pastors in Marion County told News 8’s Aleah Hordges that they were happy to welcome worshipers to their sanctuary on one of the biggest days of the year.
Baptist charity pastor Leo Mejia said there was an Easter drive-by service in 2020. He added that attendance of higher-risk elders had been limited since then. Charity Baptist Church will have a service after an Easter Egg Hunt.
“I really think it’s going to be a great day and I believe that strong churches will get stronger through it all. So we are excited about what the future holds, ”said Mejia. “We have a big job to do so that everyone knows about the Resurrection. We want to do it right.
Shelby County Zion Evangelical Church has been hosting in-person services since last June. Pastor Brian Schultz said it was difficult to experience the full celebration of Easter last.
The church expects more than 100 members to attend Sunday morning with every other pew blocked for social distancing. Schultz mentioned that guests are not required to wear a mask, however, choir members will wear one to prevent the spread of germs while singing.
“We haven’t had any issues with these security issues, we are very happy with our security protocols and we leave the decision to whether or not to participate and how much to attend to individuals,” said Shultz.
Shultz said the next steps are to safely reopen Sunday School on April 11 and possibly reopen weekly Bible studies.
The mixed church on the west side said it had security measures in place as well. Pastor Jeremy Plumley said he was not sure how many people were in attendance on Easter Sunday, but looked forward to celebrating the holiday with anyone who decided to come.
“Okay, we haven’t done anything for two years. Certainly we have been open, we have anticipated and excited it, we have talked about it, but to experience it I am delighted.
This will be the first time that Roberts Park United Methodist Church has opened in 55 weeks. Reverend Andrew Scanlan-Holmes Sr. said that although the church can accommodate around 800 people, there will be open pews to accommodate only 325 people.
He said the church had a task force to secure in-person services with temperature checks, hand sanitizer and masks for all guests and choir members.
“It’s a good weekend. It’s a great weekend for the church to celebrate. We call it the “biggest comeback win,” so we have a little inclination towards the NCAA and being in town reminding ourselves that we can have fun together if we do it safely.
The services added by Rev. Scanlan-Holmes Sr. will bring back online after Easter, but will reopen for Mother’s Day on May 9.
Each church mentioned that they were expecting a large crowd at Easter. The services will still be broadcast live on each of their websites.