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Communion in cars

T-R photo by Anna Shearer — Central Christian Church will begin a drive-in communion service on Sunday.

Central Christian Church will introduce a drive-in communion service this Sunday. It will begin at 10 a.m. at the west side entrance of the church, with people available to direct cars to the right location.

Colette Benge will begin the service by playing the keyboard, followed by announcements, the communion meditation, words of institution and a closing prayer from the elders.

Benge said the service will help members of the church feel united as a group after months of not meeting in person.

“I think it just helps us keep connected as a congregation,” she said.

Though contact between members will be limited, the service will provide a sense of fellowship.

Benge noted it will be nice to return to a church schedule with the weekly services.

“It’s just really very meaningful,” she said.

Benge said it gives a sense of normalcy during this strange time.

Participants should park 6 feet apart, filling the front row near the west door first. People are encouraged to stagger the rows in order to ensure a clear view of the service.

To hear the music and following proceedings, participants must tune their radios to FM 87.9.

Members of the congregation are instructed to bring their own communion elements in order to ensure the safety of all.

“Nothing is touched by anybody else,” Benge said.

She said any technical problems were smoothed out during a trial run with the elders and board members, though it was easy to set up.

Deacons will be posted at each parking lot exit to collect offerings.

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Contact Anna Shearer at 641-753-6611 or ashearer@timesrepublican.com.

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