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Churches prepare for a new version of Easter celebration

The most important holiday within the church is going to look very different this year due to COVID-19.

TEMPLE, Texas — Churches across the world are preparing for what many people consider the most important day of the year, Easter Sunday. A day that is normally filled with packed churches of family and friends, will look extremely different this year.

What is normally filled with pews full of people, will consist of a priest or pastor standing before a camera. His words being streamed on TVs, iPhones and tablets from people in their own homes. 

"It's going to be very different, that is not a question. But the message, that doesn't change," said Evan Duncan, the Teaching and Communication Pastor at First Temple Baptist Church. 

First Temple Baptist has streamed its services ever since the coronavirus shut its doors. SO for Easter, they will do the same. 

"We are adding a few things like taking communion together," Duncan said. "But we'll still have the music and messages, just celebrating digitally together." 

Other churches, such as Harris Creek in McGregor, are using technology to get creative for their Easter experience. 

"We shot some of our music outside and were using cool camera angles and different locations," Lead Pastor JP Pokluda said. "We are doing things we wouldn't be able to do if we were inside the auditorium."

Crossroads Church in Belton has decided to change up their Sunday altogether, by doing a "drive-thru" experience. 

"We are doing drive-thru prayer," said Holly Thrasher, a pastor at Crossroads. "But we will also have volunteers who will be putting groceries into people's cars who are struggling right now." 

She also asked if attendees could please bring non-perishable food items for the church to donate to local food pantries. They will also have their parking lot decorated with the Easter Bunny to hand out (sanitized) Easter baskets to the kids. 

And while all three of these pastors mentioned sadness that they could not spend the day physically with their church community, they said this is a unique opportunity for people of the church to see the true meaning of Easter no matter where it is being celebrated. 

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