Living Hope Christian Fellowship holds drive-up services

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Kevin Watson
The Rev. Kevin Watson gives a Mother’s Day sermon at the Living Hope Christian Fellowship of Anza's drive-in service Sunday, May 10, at the Anza Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

Kevin Watson, pastor of the Living Hope Christian Fellowship of Anza, led his congregation in prayer and worship in a drive-in church service Sunday, May 10, at the Anza Community Hall parking lot.

In keeping with California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order banning church assemblies in the interest of public health during the coronavirus outbreak, organizers respected social distancing by holding the event in the parking lot.

Watson’s message reflected on the sanctity of motherhood and celebrated Mother’s Day. Church members responded enthusiastically to his message.

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The parking lot is packed with churchgoers at the Living Hope Christian Fellowship of Anza’s drive-in service at the Anza Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
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This family enjoys the message from the bed of their truck at the Living Hope Christian Fellowship of Anza’s drive-in service at the Anza Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

Churchgoers gathered in their cars and the beds of pickup trucks as the service was presented via a sound system and video.

“So happy to see our first church day, even if it is in a parking lot,” J.L. Thomas said during the live feed of the sermon played on social media.

It was the first drive-in event presented by Living Hope. Previous services had been offered by video since the state order prevented normal assemblies.

Since the stay-at-home order was issued March 19, more than 4 million people have been thrown out of work in California. Newsom signed the order to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the state.

California is opening back up in stages. The phase that could reopen salons, gyms, movie theaters and in-person church services could be months away.

To discover more about Living Hope Christian Fellowship of Anza, visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LivingHopeAnza.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.

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Dan Robinson listens to the sermon at the Living Hope Christian Fellowship of Anza’s drive-in service at the Anza Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Teri Crutchfield
Teri Crutchfield listens to the pastor’s words at the Living Hope Christian Fellowship of Anza’s drive-in service at the Anza Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
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Parishioners celebrate at the Living Hope Christian Fellowship of Anza’s drive-in service at the Anza Community Hall. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo