ATHENS, Ala. (WAFF) - On Sunday, churches across the Tennessee Valley had their doors open for Easter worship service.
For some congregations, it was the first time sitting in a pew since the start of the pandemic. Every other pew inside of Lindsay Lane Baptist Church was filled with church members for Easter.
Due to the pandemic last year, the doors remained closed for about six to eight weeks according to Lead Pastor Andy John King. He said they were online only and held a few drive-in services.
“After that we gradually brought people back and spread services out and we’ve probably seen about 60 to 70 percent of people on a regular basis. So, once again with Easter people are starting to come back again for the first time,” said Pastor King.
Church member Brody Vail was among the many people who attended the service. He’s thankful to get back to some normalcy.
“It’s very special being inside this year because last year, I remember being outside with my family and I remember saying this is sad, this is not how it’s supposed to be and it didn’t feel right. Just being back in the church house now, with my friends and sitting on the pews together his is awesome,” said Vail.
Social distancing measures were also in place and face coverings were recommended.
Most importantly, Pastor King is hopeful for the future. “I believe God is sovereign, I think he is in control of all of these things, but we always have the responsibility to be wise, considerate and to do our best to acknowledge that there is a challenge,” said Pastor King.
Although the doors are open, a lot of churches are still providing online services.