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Virus restrictions lead to unconventional Easter Sunday celebrations for Hoosiers

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — This Easter, people across the country had to find new ways to celebrate.

From online services to virtual meals, it was an Easter like none other.

People in central Indiana said being able to do something, whether in person or online, that allowed them to share a few moments with a group of people was refreshing and restored a little bit of hope.

“This is a way for us to be outside the box,” said churchgoer Falicia Brewer.

From virtual church services to drive-by celebrations, it was important for those celebrating the religious holiday to do something special.

“However I can celebrate it, I want to,” said churchgoer Charlena Kendrick.

“I thought this was a really good idea, to do it for people who really want to get out and be with people on Resurrection Sunday,” said churchgoer Ledrena Girton.

A special communion service was held at Pike High School, where people could stay in their cars parked a safe distance apart and hear a pastor share a message and take part in communion.

“Embedded in the word communion is the idea of the word community. So on this resurrection Sunday, we wanted the community to come together and commune together,” said Pastor Robert Carlos W. Perkins, with Bethel Cathedral African Methodist Episcopal Church.

When imagining Easter Sunday, many don’t include face masks or social distancing, but this year celebrations were different.

“So we are out here and able to worship in, I guess you could say, a nontraditional way,” said Brewer.

While it would have been easy to be negative about how you had to celebrate, some used this time as an opportunity to look onward and upward.

“In the midst of this crisis, in the midst of a pandemic, in the midst of so many people feeling depressed so many people feeling isolated, so many people uncertain of what tomorrow brings,” said Perkins.

“We really feel based on what we are going through right now, leaning on each other and relying on each other and collaborating with each other is extremely important,” said community pastor John Girton.

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