Attendees will remain in vehicles.

Bible Baptist Church will hold a “drive-in” church service on Sunday, May 3rd, at 11:00 am. The public is welcome and invited to attend. Attendees will remain in their vehicles as the pastor delivers a message outside. The following is a statement from Pastor Preston Hoiseth, explaining more about the decision to meet, even during the current “stay home” order:

“As the COVID-19 outbreak unfolded, our congregation decided, along with most others, to suspend our regular assemblies and deliver sermons online only, for the safety of our church and our entire community.

However, the ongoing isolation caused by this crisis presents an increasing risk to people’s emotional and spiritual well-being. There is a need in us as human beings to see one another, to know that we are not alone. God made us to be social creatures. Furthermore, the biblical definition of a church is a physical assembly of people. So while we may cancel gathering together temporarily for the sake of safety, just as we might do for a bad winter storm, the church must be able to meet together in order to fulfill its function and to be obedient to the Scriptures.

There are many churches around the country that have safely held “drive-in” services. After much research and prayer, we have decided that this sort of service would be a common-sense way for us to assemble during this time, while still cautiously following the social distancing measures that have been recommended.

As a part of our research, and out of respect for our incredible law enforcement agencies, we contacted the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to seek their advice. Sheriff Tadman promptly responded saying that he thought a drive-in service was a “wonderful idea.” 

He also forwarded us a document of helpful guidelines which states, “Church services have been exempted as a permissible activity under the Governor Walz executive order #20 -20. In accordance with the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines, we still recommend that people should not gather in groups of more than 10 and maintain social distancing while participating in the service.”

Our government officials wisely understand that churches are absolutely essential—especially during times of crisis. It is right and proper that the Governor issued an exemption for religious services. On the other hand, it is also important for churches not to abuse this exemption, but to take every precaution possible for the safety of those who attend.

We want to invite everyone in the Crookston area who would like to come out for this special drive-in church service. It will be a unique and fun way to meet together and see one another—even if it’s just a wave and a smile through the car window. We will look to the Scriptures for some hope and encouragement, and prayerfully ask the Lord for His grace to help in this time of need.”

Anyone who cannot physically get to the service, or may feel uncomfortable doing so, can still watch the service online through the church’s Facebook page. For more information, call the church at 218-281-5629, or go to www.biblebaptistcrookston.org.