About the Drive In Service

This past Sunday, I announced that Heucks Retreat Baptist Church was planning to do a drive in service for Easter.  While I know many of you were thrilled at the prospect, there were some stipulations that I mentioned that might put a damper on those plans: government, weather, and health.  For weeks, the deacons and staff had been discussing this plan and were excited to be able to gather, even if we were all locked in our cars, together for Easter.  When the Shelter-In-Place hit, we were worried that our plans would be immediately squashed, but that wasn’t so.  On Saturday, we received an email stating that Governor Reeves encouraged churches to meet in such a way and that we would be fine.

A day later, that message changed and churches are now being discouraged to do such meetings.  And while there would be no intervention, in the minds of your staff and deacons, this is a sign that the health risks for such an event would far outweigh the benefit of meeting.  Combine this with the fact that the current weather projection for Sunday is thunderstorms, and we’ve made the decision to cancel the drive in service and continue with our Live Stream instead.

I know many of you reading this are saddened by this news, but we believe it is for the betterment of our congregation that we make this decision.  Believe me when I say that it is not one that excites us, but one we know needs to happen. 

With that said, we have a great morning planned for Easter, one that we are praying will allow you to worship together as a family with all of your heart.  Though we may be separated physically, nothing can separate us from the love of God and nothing can separate us in spirit.  The current plan for us is to have a service just like we’d have if we were all gathered together, with a couple specials, worship, and an excellent Easter message from Bro. Daniel Hall.  I’m genuinely excited for this Sunday and I hope you are too.

As I close, I do want to acknowledge that many of you have limited data usage each month and bandwidth is a premium commodity.  First, I want to thank you for choosing to use it to be together with us.  But second, I do want to say that we plan to shorten our time closer to forty-five minutes each week as a courtesy to those who are limited, but want to join us and not sacrifice their ability to use the internet the rest of the month.  This will take place after Easter because we really want to blow it out of the water.  It’s Easter!  It’s a celebration!  We hope you can celebrate with us this Sunday at 10:30.

Thank you so much for being part of Heucks Retreat.  We are continuing to refine the ways we reach people with the Gospel, especially during this unprecedented time.  While this situation may feel like an obstacle, we’re taking it as an opportunity.  I’m so glad you’re along for the ride with us.  Look out tomorrow for another message from me regarding the state of giving for Heucks Retreat. 

I love each and every one of you and I can’t wait until we can gather once more.  Until then, may Christ be with you and guide your every step.

In Christ,