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Drive-thru prayers in Albert Lea

Jaclyn Harold
Created: March 25, 2020 06:49 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- Church is where many gather on Sundays to fulfill their spiritual needs, and fellowship is one of the key components.
 
"There are people who come here every day or almost every other day for quilting and prayers and prayer group and there are the church ladies that come and help do stuff all the time and we can't be together right now," said Lead Pastor John Holt, with First Lutheran Church.
 
When cases of Covid-19 began to quickly increase around the state, many who wanted to attend church could not because of social distancing. However, that has not stopped church leaders from crating ways to safely connect.
 
"I see lots of churches that are being creative about how they reach out to their congregation members and members of the community. That's an inspiring thing," said Reverend Janet Crissinger, with First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. 
 
Rev. Crissinger said she realized that social distancing doesn't mean that the community has to spiritually distance themselves, so the church decided to have a drive-thru prayer and blessing line. 
 
"Where ever two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them. So we feel that power that love and that grace as we share a physical presence and a reminder of this great community that we belong to," said Crissinger.
 
Pastor Holt said the first day of the adjusted gathering brought out a lot of familiar faces, and even some he'd never seen before.
 
"It felt good to see some of these people. The people that we often see here at church that we haven't seen for a couple of weeks now and also some people that we never see, some people that I'd never met before, they came through," said Holt.
 
The church leaders greeted each car and offered them resource information by asking if they had supplies and if they were feeling well. Rev. Crissinger laughed with members she recognized and shared a moment of prayer as cars continued to flow through. 
 
As of now, the church is planning to have the drive-thru prayer and blessings every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and then later in the evening from 5-6 p.m. During Holy week, Rev. Crissinger said the drive-thru will be available every day.
 
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