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Local church holds drive-in service amid COVID-19

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In the midst of COVID-19, churches are offering different options. One local church, in Bluefield, West Virginia held a drive-in service as congregations are no longer able to meet in person for large gatherings to limit the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Most Sundays, service or church is held inside of a sanctuary or a worship center. But this Sunday church was a little different for some as they cranked up their cars and tuned in on the radio.

"We were blessed," Drive-in attendee, Veronica Broyles said.

And that's how most felt after attending the drive-in service Sunday morning. The entire community was able to pull up, stay in their cars, and tune in to Kicks Country 106.3.

"Church is something that helps mentally, spiritually, and physically. I know that isolation can be tough on a lot of folks so we just wanted to continue to provide an opportunity for community," Crossroads Church Pastor, Travis Lowe said.

"There were more than 100 cars at Mitchell Stadium for Sunday's service, a lot of the folks said they just wanted a bit of fresh air and to hear a good word.

"It's just a fantastic idea. I really enjoyed it because I was able to bring my dog," Drive-in attendee, Randy May said.

Most of the people we spoke to said they will keep coming to this type of service as long as it continues.

Not only was it a day of worship, but also a way to support the small local businesses. The Blue Spoon Cafe handed out free coffee while selling donuts to those enjoying service in their cars.

"This has been a very emotional week from tears of happiness from the community to tears of being afraid and not knowing what's going to happen next. I could truly say that the community has been out supporting small businesses and not only my business but other businesses in the area as well. Which is huge, we need it more now than ever," Owner of the Blue Spoon Cafe, Nicole Coeburn said.

"Faith over fear is what's going to bring us through this," Broyles said.

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