WICKSBURG, Al (BNc) – Dr. Mark Turner, Evangelist, for the Christian Home Church of Christ, Wicksburg, AL, came out of the church door Sunday morning with a microphone in his hand and welcomed everyone to the worship service. His audience was not seated inside a warm building on church pews, but rather were outside in cars parked facing the front porch of the church building.
Songs sheets and communion sets were passed out before the worship service by a couple of young men with baskets on the end of long poles. Car windows were let down and those attending selected song sheets and communion supplies from the baskets. The contribution was taken up this way near the end of the service.
After the morning announcements, song service and Lord’s supper, Mark Turner brought the thought-provoking lesson from the front porch of the church building. Turner has excitedly shared how immediately after the Covid-19 pandemic began the members were able to secure an old drive-in theatre’s PA system. They set it up for use outside by the church. Members turned their car radios to the designated station and listened to the services as if they were in the building. A few members masked up and met inside an annex room where radios were available for listening.
Drizzling rain fell during the one hour worship service, but members participated from snug and dry cars. The Christian Home congregation has met this way regularly since the pandemic began.
As a teenage girl, I prayed to marry a preacher. I knew no one who was desiring to be a preacher but each night I knelt by my bed and prayed, “Lord, if I am capable of being a preacher’s wife I would like to marry a preacher. If not, just let me marry a Christian.” God answered that prayer for me. Our local preacher, Jerry Humphries, preached in two gospel meetings that summer and invited a young man from Alabama Christian College (now Faulkner University) to preach in his absence. He brought his girlfriend with him so that took him out of the running. But when I learned they were coming back in a week or so, I asked if they didn’t have some fine young man they could bring down and let me meet. The girl thought for a minute, snapped her fingers and said, “Old Doug.” Old Doug and I will be married 55 years on December 18. We have two children and two grandchildren. All our children are faithful members of the church. God is so good. I love Him so.