Easter is one of the most important and festive of holidays in a Christian church’s calendar. In fact, the entire week leading up to it is filled with reflection, anticipation, and celebration. With Coronavirus restrictions now lasting beyond the holiday on April 12th, churches are having to think outside the narthex. St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, located at 800 S. Main St., Findlay, has come up with a creative solution for Holy Week & Easter. 
The Sunday before Easter, falling this year on April 5th, is called “Palm Sunday.” The day will begin with a livestreamed service at 10:30am. After the service, you are encouraged to get into the spirit of Easter at home. Using sidewalk chalk, draw palm branches for all walking past to see. Some words and phrases that could be included are Hosanna, Alleluia, He is Risen, and Happy Easter! Then, from 2 – 2:30pm, all are invited to drive through the parking lot at St. Mark’s to pickup a palm branch. From there, you are asked to drive past Blanchard Valley Hospital (1900 S. Main St.) to wave the branch, while praying first responders. The “Palm Parade” continues as you head back downtown to go past the courthouse, and pray for our civic leaders. Find the “PalmWalk & Parade” Facebook event here.
On Easter Sunday, St. Mark’s will hold a drive-in service at 10:30am in the back parking lot at Emory Adams Park. Just like a drive-in movie experience, everyone will stay in their car, and tune into a particular radio station. You will get to hear and watch a live preaching and music broadcast! The Drive-In Worship Facebook event can be found here.
It is a good reminder at this time, when many are feeling lonely, or disconnected, that faith extends beyond church buildings. “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20)
For more information, visit St. Mark’s Facebook page.

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