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Religion while social distancing: Mount Dora church offers drive-in service

‘Proclaiming some hope during this dark time’

MOUNT DORA, Fla. – With social distancing and less socialization, the new normal amid the coronavirus pandemic, people and local businesses have been stepping up to do their part.

A Mount Dora church came up with a creative way to hold Sunday services while maintaining the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for preventing the spread of the coronavirus, known as COVID-19.

The Fellowship Church of Central Florida turned an Epic Theater parking lot into a drive-in church.

Everyone stayed in their cars Sunday and listened to the service by tuning into a radio station.

Pastor David Miller said he wanted to create an experience for people to continue to be together in a safe space.

“The church has a great opportunity, if you will, to move the message of hope forward for our community ... So that’s what the fellowship wants to do," he said. "Drive-in church is about bringing a community together and proclaiming some hope during this dark time.”

The services were also streamed live on Facebook, YouTube and on the church’s website.

Other area worship leaders are other virtual services during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for a list.

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