TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Pastor Billy Joe Henry led a drive-in style worship service at the Vigo Co. Fairgrounds to celebrate Easter on Sunday.
Pastor Henry is the senior pastor at the Bridge Church in Terre Haute.
He said although this type of service was new to him and his congregation, he understands how important fellowship is for some of his church members.
“The reason this is so important to me and others like me is because we can live stream a service and you can receive a message from God whole-heartedly and there’s nothing wrong with that whatsoever,” Henry said. “However, when we do come to one place, on one accord and we are there, there is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit that is so powerful and it is so thick. It can really affect us.”
He said it took about four days to put together and organize the service.
“We’ve seen other churches doing this and we thought what a great idea to be able to celebrate Easter together. So, we decided to get all of our stuff together and get all our equipment and come down here and get the fairgrounds. And, of course [we] called the health department and the local authorities to make sure it was okay to do. They gave us the governor’s mandated requirements and we’re going to follow those,” Henry said.
Church leaders expected 450-550 people to show up . Loretta Melvin is a member of Bridge Church and she said she had been waiting for the opportunity to fellowship with her church family.
“This is just awesome. It really is. We’ve all been wanting to do this for so long and this is finally the day that we can get out here and celebrate this,” Melvin said.
She expressed that not having the ability to see other members of the congregation has been hard.
“It’s been a real big adjustment, it really has. But you know what? Faith is what’s going to get us through this,” she noted.
Melvin said she believes they will get through these uncertain times together.
“There’s no other way to look at it. It really isn’t. Like I said, we’re all here together. We’re all in this together. We’re all going to make it through.”