Easter Service in the Parking Lot

As we quickly approach Easter Sunday, we recognize that this year will look very different. We won’t have big Easter dinners with friends and family, and we won’t be gathered in the sanctuary for service. However, we are excited to announce that this Easter, we will be able to gather at FAC for a one-hour parking lot service.

It has almost been a month since we’ve held service at FAC Tallmadge. Pastor Bulgrin said that he “just wanted to give the opportunity for everyone to be together.” So this Sunday, people will be able to pull into our parking lot and tune in to 89.1 FM, or live-stream, to hear the service. This will give us a sense of togetherness without breaching the social distancing orders.

Before everyone leaves the parking lot, we ask that everyone drives under the carport. Pastor and Sis. Kimberly Bulgrin will greet everyone! Additionally, any families with children, ages 3 – 11, will be able to receive an Easter treat before they leave. Under the carport, FAC staff will place the kids’ Easter treats in the trunks of vehicles. The treats include crayons, coloring pages, sidewalk chalk, candy, and more!

When we hold this parking lot service, Pastor Bulgrin states, “it is imperative that we do not violate DeWine’s orders.” Many eyes will be on us, so we need to be respectful of the orders that have been put into place for the time being. Therefore, FAC established guidelines for Easter Sunday that must strictly be adhered to.

Parking Lot Service Guidelines

  1. Aside from the selected staff, all people must remain in their vehicles at all times while on the FAC premises. We know it might be tempting to get out to stretch, say hi to friends, or take a quick family photo outside the vehicle. In cases like these, individuals must leave FAC property.
  2. All buildings will be locked, and restrooms will not be available. If someone needs a restroom, we will provide ample space for vehicles to exit the parking lot at any time.
  3. All FAC staff working the grounds must wear masks at all times.

This definitely is not your traditional Easter service, and the rules might seem strict. However, we are trying our best to come together in a safe and respectful manner, and we are believing that this service will still be life changing as we celebrate the resurrection of our savior. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) We serve a living Saviour that died for us and took stripes on his back so that we could be healed. In the uncertainty of this world, we are so blessed to celebrate a Saviour that lives and has all power over everything.