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Drive-In Church is Here


Last updated 4/1/2020 at 1:18pm

Across the country, drive-in movies have been replaced by streaming content, but drive-in worship services might be the next big thing at churches due to the Coronavirus.

With large groups prohibited from gathering by Gov. Jared Polis, Calvary Fellowship Fountain Valley Church has decided to bring its congregation together on Easter Sunday by having them stay safely in their cars while worship plays and the pastor preaches from a commercial trailer in an open field.

This special sunrise service will be the first of its kind for Calvary Fellowship parishioners and their guests. In a 12-acre field next to the church, cars will pull in, park, roll down their windows and sing songs of praise. They will then be instructed to turn on their car stereos to hear Pastor John Bornschein teach from a radio transmitter.

In a message to the church on their website, Pastor Bornschein asks "So, what must we do in this hour of testing and tribulation?" He then proudly proclaims, "We worship without reservation like Paul and Silas did in Philippi while they were imprisoned (Acts 16:25). We celebrate the risen Savior who has made us more than conquerors in Him (Romans 8:37)! May our prayers be powerful and unhindered. May our worship be loud and reverent and may our preaching be bold and courageous for the gospel of Jesus Christ!"

This drive-in worship experience is only currently scheduled for one special occasion on Easter Sunday, but future plans are still being determined.

Pastor Bornschein says, "We are planning for a few hundred cars and we are looking forward to hearing every voice of praise and seeing the faces of our loved ones." He then poured out his heart for how much he misses his congregation. "I miss them every day. I desperately just want to hug them and never again will we take that connection for granted."

Many of the organizers believe this will help give the community a sense of normalcy. They fully expect those who gather to roll down their windows and chat, while maintaining a safe, 6-foot distance.

"They need this, we need this and quite frankly, I need this," Bornschein said.

This special Sunrise, Drive-In worship experience on Easter Sunday will begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 12. To learn more, visit the church website at


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