OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — For the religious community, social distancing meant no in-person church service, so many went virtual. But one church found a way to stay in face-to-face contact while practicing social distancing.
The Water's Edge Church has had online church services for several years, so this switching to 100% virtual services wasn't new to them, but not seeing their members at all was new.
So they started doing drive-up communions.
It's a tradition Pastor Craig Finnestad felt was important to keep going. It started around Easter, and with such a phenomenal response, they now have drive-up communion every week.
"People miss each other these days; this is a way for us to safely gather as a church community," Finnestad said.
With the bread and juice pre-packaged, it keeps the spreading of germs down and the joy of prayer and religion spreading fast.
"We believe that we are all brothers and sisters, to Jesus Christ...that we are all children of God, and his grace is available to everybody," Finnestad said. "People who come through here, it's just a real blessing for them."
Pastor Finnestad says even people who don't belong to the church can stop by to be blessed. All are welcome.
The drive-up communions take place every Wednesday from 11:30am - 1:00pm and from 4:30pm - 6:00pm.