Local churches give new definition to drive-in

The St. John Lutheran worship team makes final preparations for its drive-in service Sunday morning. (John Jensen/The Outlook photo)

   FARMERSBURG — The term drive-in is most often associated with large-screen movie theaters that are all but extinct in most parts of the country. A new form of drive-in, that of the spiritual kind, has begun popping up in some locations as churches have been unable to meet during the COVID-19 pandemic.

   St. John Lutheran Churches in  Luana and Farmersburg hosted their first drive-in service Sunday, with an estimated 40 people braving a cool, rainy morning to worship together for the first time in two months, listening to the service from the comfort of their cars in the church parking lot.

   “Even though everyone was separated, it was neat to see people together,” Jeremy Wolfe, lay pastor for both churches, said.

   Like most churches, the St. John Ministry had been posting services online, though those were without music.

 

For more of this story, see the May 20 Outlook.