A change of pace: How about a drive-in church this Sunday?
By Jonquil Newland, Weekend Today Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- At a glance, Sunday's service at Lookout Valley Presbyterian Church looked like a typical outdoor service. However, there's not a large crowd at all. That's because church goers are nice and comfy inside their cars.
"He says come as you are," church member Jeanne Crawford says.
It's the area's first drive-in worship service. Pastor Grady Davidson delivers his sermon on a pavilion built just for this.
"We really do want to make it as easy as possible for people to meet Jesus Christ," Davidson says.
Albeit, some members had to warm up to the idea, which was years in the making.
"To be honest I hadn't really bought into it until probably a couple months ago," Betsy Fryar says.
However, after Sunday's first service Fryar admits it was nice.
"Well, I brought my breakfast," she jokes.
Church officials say that is exactly the point.
"You can be in your car, dressed for the day," Davidson says.
"We just want them to feel welcome, we want them to feel comfortable," says Crawford.
Church goers can tune in to their radio or listen to the loud speakers. Either way this new service may be on to something.
"It was marvelous how many people God brought this morning," says Crawford.
"We just want you here, however you can get here," Davidson says.
Church organizers say the drive in service will continue through the summer months. The service begins each Sunday morning at 8:45 a.m. You can also visit DriveInWorship.com for more details.