A Suffolk church has come up with an inventive way of holding a safe worship service amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. St Peter and St Paul Church in Lavenham and St Mary’s Preston will gather together on Sunday 16th August for a special drive-in service at the local cricket ground.
Lay worker Graham Naylor told the Sudbury Mercury: “The drive-in church service has only been made possible thanks to John Hessenthaler, from OEP Live!, who is promoting a weekend of drive-in picnic concerts in Lavenham the same weekend.
“He offered the staging and infrastructure to the church to host the service and we jumped at the chance – especially because at that point, churches were still closed.
“However, lockdown was then partially eased, and we were allowed to reopen but having a service like this means we can reach lots of different members of our community.
“We are keen to acknowledge the many good things and examples of wonderful community spirit shown during this tough time, while also taking a moment to reflect on the difficulties we have all faced and continue to experience.
“It’s hoped the event will be a safe place for people to take some time out.
"This is an opportunity for us to reach new audiences."
The service will include live music, a picnic and a number of activities for children.
Last weekend, a church in Bristol hosted a drive-in service at a Sainsbury's car park, complete with a sermon, live worship and prayer.