Council Bluffs church hosts drive in service

Posted at 5:49 PM, Mar 29, 2020

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (KMTV) - — A Council Bluffs church held a service like no other Sunday morning.

"It feels really good to be able to go to church, I miss it," Nicole Dye said.

Nicole Dye visited New Life Fellowship Church for the first time Sunday morning.

But, due to public gathering limits, the church got creative and held a drive in service outside its building.

"This is great I could do this every Sunday," Dye said.

Instead of crowding the pews inside, church goers were able to listen to the sermon from the car to follow social distancing guidelines.

Many had their windows down as they listened the church band perform.

"I think it's very important to keep offering hope," Pastor David Leggett said. "There's plenty of people offering the virus but we're offering hope and the answers according to the word of God."

Pastor Leggett says it was exciting seeing all the car drive in, and rather than shouting, amen many honked in celebration of the special service.

"The end result I was amazed and very thankful," Leggett said.

"I think that people need church I think that we need to keep this in our lives (especially me) this is really important to me," Dye said. The fact that we weren't able to go was kind of depressing, so I just think it's awesome that we can do this I think we need this now more than ever."

Jacquie Polston has member of the church for more than five years.

"Faith and God is number one in our lives, you know, we need that to get through what's going on in today's world," she said.

Polston tells 3 News Now there hasn't been much to do since the widespread virus hit the metro, so she's grateful to be able to fellowship, safely with friends and family.

"[I enjoyed] just seeing everybody, Pastor Dave, talking about the word ... a little bit of everything and the worship team singing," Polston said.

"It just kind of sucks that you have to be in the house so much and you can't do the normal things that you do but it's okay," Dye said. "Everybody's coming together and we're doing things like this and you're getting closer to the people in your household and spending more time with your family."

Pastor Leggett says he's thankful for essential workers.

"Thank God for doctors, thank God for nurses, thank God for truck drivers, and for law enforcement, for military .. for grocery store workers really thank God for them, keeping people going, keeping them fed," he said.

Pastor Leggett says they plan to have another drive in service next week, as well as on Easter.