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Texas church switches to ‘drive-in movie style’ service

MONTGOMERY, Texas (BP) -- As pastors across the country wrestle with how to handle services during the COVID-19 crisis, Texas pastor Chris Gober wanted to strike the balance between keeping his congregation safe and bringing them together as a unified family. For First Montgomery Baptist Church, this meant switching the regular March 22 Sunday service plans to an outdoor "drive-in movie style" approach. The church, which draws about 300 people each week, is inviting members to pull their cars onto the church's property for their 10:45 a.m. service and listen to the sermon on their radio with the help of an FM transmitter. The idea is similar to the service held March 15 by David Fork Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky., reported by WKYT.