Local church brings God to your car

SALEM — As businesses, sports leagues, schools and events are canceled to stop the spread of COVID-19, many churches are looking for ways to keep people safe and yet spiritually strong. In light of authorities asking people to refrain from gathering in groups of more than 10, one church in the area is offering people an innovative way to worship by providing a drive-in service where they can sit in their car and listen to the service through their radio.

Tim Ginter, pastor of Church at the Center, said that he thought of the idea last week when trying to come up with a way his members could attend a worship service without being irresponsible and breaking any state guidelines. That’s when he thought of an in-car worship service. Since deciding with church leaders to offer the service this Sunday, he has since discovered other pastors have implemented the same approach in their churches across the nation.

Ginter said “I guess we could adapt the verse in the Bible to say, ‘Where two or three cars gather in my name, there I am with them.'” (Matthew 19:20)

The 10:30 a.m. Sunday service is open to anyone who would like to attend. The music and message will be delivered from an elevated platform outside the building and worshipers from the comfort and safety of their cars, can listen to the service through the radio, allowing them to be both good Christians and good citizens by sharing a smile instead of a handshake.

Church at the Center is located at 1785 S. Lincoln Ave., Salem. For information contact the church office at 330-337-7907.