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EDITOR'S NOTE: Many faith events have been canceled or postponed as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. It is best to call ahead — or check with organizer's websites — to verify the status of any local event.


Sundays (till further notice)

DRIVE-IN CHURCH SERVICE, 8 a.m., parking lot of Four Seasons Mall, Hendersonville. Living Savior Church, which has locations in Asheville and Hendersonville, is holding drive-in services outside its church at the mall in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Pastor Paul Zell speaks with the aid of a microphone from the back of a flat-bed truck. “It just seemed like the weirdest idea,” Zell told the Hendersonville Times-News in a recent interview about holding drive-in church services. However, the HT-N noted, “But he and the church’s members soon found they enjoyed the chance to at least see each other in the parking lot while enjoying a service from the safety of their cars.” Zell was quoted by the HT-N as saying, “They (the congregation) just wanted to get together, even though you stay in your car. That is just a fuller worship service than sitting at home. That first service was kind of emotional.”

DRIVE-IN CHURCH SERVICE, 10 a.m., parking lot, Tuxedo First Baptist Church, 30 Branch Lane, Zirconia. The church holds a drive-in service that it calls “Preaching From the Porch.” According to a report in the Hendersonville Times-News, “Pastor Mikell Bennett stands in front of the church with a microphone and preaches as people listen in their cars in the church parking lot.” Regarding the drive-in services, Bennett told the HT-N, “We just wanted to keep together and have a personal touch. People really enjoy it. It’s been going really well and we want to continue until the guidelines say something different.” He also said that the church has hosted some passersby, who saw the sign for the drive-in church service, and asked if they could attend. All were welcomed, the pastor said. After the restriction are ended, “we had some say maybe we could plan it for once a quarter” into the future, Bennett told the HT-N.

DRIVE-IN CHURCH SERVICE, 10:30 a.m., parking lot of Post 25 Restaurant & Lounge, 2155 Hendersonville Road, Arden. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Ridgeline Church of Arden is holding “drive-in movie theater-style” church services at Post 25’s parking lot till further notice. Attendees are asked to “please stay in your vehicle at all times.”

DRIVE-IN CHURCH SERVICE, 11 a.m., parking lot of Riverside Baptist Church, 871 Riverside Dr., Asheville. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Riverside Baptist Church is holding drive-in church services. For details on attendance requirements, call 231-8992.

DRIVE-IN CHURCH SERVICE, 11 a.m., parking lot of Newbridge Baptist Church, 199 Elkwood Avenue, Woodfin. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the church is holding drive-in church services till further notice. Attendees are asked not to arrive until 10:40 a.m., at the earliest, and to tune their radios to 88.3 FM. “There will be NO restroom facilities or childcare” available, the church stressed. Pastor Clark Henderson noted in  a recent interview that the church property, in a way, had come full circle, as it  was used — years ago — as a drive-in movie theater.

DRIVE-IN CHURCH SERVICE, 11 a.m., parking lot, Mountain Valley Baptist Church, 65 Mountain Valley Cemetery Road, Zirconia. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the church is holding drive-in services featuring Pastor David Dickerson preaching through a microphone on the lawn of the church, as members listen in their cars. “The drive-in service came together after church leaders with sound equipment and broadcast knowledge volunteered to make the service a reality,” the Hendersonville Times-News noted in a recent story. The HT-N story added that “Dickerson said he, too, had a few doubts about the broadcast service at first. But drive-in church has proved to be a good option for his congregation. ‘I’ve really enjoyed preaching outside,’ he said. ‘My biggest struggle has been the wind.’ Dickerson said he now uses paperclips to mark pages in the Bible because wind on the mountain often blows the pages and his notes apart as he speaks.”

Last Updated on Friday, 02 October 2020 13:14


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