Churches search for normalcy during Easter weekend

Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 6:14 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Maundy Thursday is a day marking Jesus’ last supper, and the beginning of Easter weekend. Most years, congregations gather for the occasion but the pandemic has forced churches to find ways to keep the tradition alive for those who may not be comfortable with large groups just yet.

“We know that everybody’s level of comfort is different with the virus so we wanted to make sure that people still had an opportunity to receive the sacrament and celebrate on Maundy Thursday,” said First United Methodist Church Senior Pastor Rev. Sara Nelson.

With Easter weekend approaching, Nelson gave drive-thru communion on Thursday.

“It’s one of our times of the year that we come together in a variety of ways and so we’ve had to be creative in how we’ve done that this year. It’s been really a blessing to see people having new and refreshing ideas on how to do that all the time,” Nelson said.

Drive-thru communion is contactless and gives people like Clare Vollan and his wife the chance to receive communion when they wouldn’t otherwise be able to.

“It’s necessary and it’s great,” Vollan said.

Vollan isn’t able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for medical reasons, leaving him to attend online mass and not travel to most things in person. Opportunities like this give the Vollan’s a chance to connect with their faith community.

“It’s very necessary for our spirit. To be able to worship online and to be able to have some normalcy. It’s vitally important for us and for our spiritual life,” Carolyn Vollan added.

And much like drive-thru communion, the church is always looking for unique ways to connect safely.

“I think they’ve just been good ways for us to just be thinking creatively of how we can be a community together and continue to reach out,” said Nelson.

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