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Social distancing plans for Easter Sunday services

Posted at 11:25 AM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 18:37:13-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — David's Fork Baptist Church in Lexington started drive-in services back in March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

"It's been going great," Pastor Mickey Hyder said. "Crowds have increased every Sunday. We've had a lot of visitors where their own churches haven't been having their own services, so they've been coming to ours."

The congregation sits in their cars while Pastor Hyder preaches from the bed of a truck. His sermon is pumped directly into cars over 91.1FM.

Starting Sunday, however, there is a big change the church will be implementing.

Now, the cars will be spaced 6 feet apart, per Governor Andy Beshear's rules. In a press conference last week, he outlined new rules for drive-in services, especially with Easter coming up.

  1. No more than a single family that lives together can be in a car
  2. Cars have to be more than 6 feet apart
  3. No one can get out of their car
  4. You can't pass things between cars (communion, offerings, etc.)

Hyder said the 6-foot rule will pose a challenge, but he said cars will be able to spill over in a nearby field.

"We think it will work fine," Hyder said.

Despite the changes, Hyder said he and his congregation are looking forward to future services, and of course, Easter Sunday.

"I think it's going to be a great Easter even though it's a little but different than any other before," Hyder said.