Florida’s Drive-In Church

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A church in Daytona Beach, Florida has taken a unique approach to attracting parishioners. They don’t make them get out of their cars.

A church in Daytona Beach, Florida has taken a unique approach to attracting parishioners. They don’t make them get out of their cars.

The church is located in an old drive-in theater, complete with huge parking area, a radio broadcasting system, and concession stand.

Before services, the congregation drives through the entrance gate, picks up their program and communion and sets out to find a space.

Once the service starts, its pretty much business as usual. The preacher stands before the crowd and gives his sermon. Those beyond earshot can listen on their car radios.

Communion’s a little different. With organ music in the background, parishioners are instructed during the service when to open their plastic cups containing wine and wafers picked up at the entrance.

That doesn’t seem to bother those who attend the drive-in services.

Many say that for one reason or another, they experience mobility problems that prevent them from going to a traditional church.

Others would skip services because their children are too unpredictable but enjoy the freedom at this parish.

For those who like to socialize, the church offers that, too. Every week they serve donuts in the concessions area.

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