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Easter services planned to continue — online — at Palm Coast churches

The Rev. Kevin James, of Palm Coast United Methodist Church, encouraged his members to wear masks to show they are concerned for their neighbors.
by: Brian McMillan Executive Editor

Many churches are streaming their worship services and devotionals on Facebook and other means throughout Palm Coast, leading up to Easter. In some ways, for people who are looking for church, it has become easier than ever to hear from spiritual leaders because of the accommodations made in response to COVID-19.

Among two of the most-viewed services on Facebook in Palm Coast recently are those of Parkview Baptist Church and Palm Coast United Methodist Church.

At PCUMC, the Palm Sunday service on April 5 was streamed from the church itself on Belle Terre Parkway, with music, a sermon and even an online communion from home.

“It’s very important for us to continue to do everything we can to sustain God’s world and our health,” said the Rev. Dr. Kevin M. James Sr., standing at the PCUMC podium wearing his white robes but also gloves and a mask.

James saw a spiritual lesson in the guidance to wear a mask.

“We’ve been asked to put on a mask to protect us, but yet not just protect us, because when we put this mask on our face, it is protecting those around us,” he said. If you aren’t worried about contracting the virus, you should still wear a mask because you are “concerned about your neighbor,” he said. And, “When they wear the mask, it protects guess who? You.”

PCUMC will be streaming on Facebook at 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Easter Sunday.

Pastor Trent Schake, who streamed a devotional on Facebook recently to the Epic Church audience, noted that this week leading up to Easter is an opportunity to consider anew the impact of the life of Jesus Christ.

Celebrating Easter from home instead of church, Schake said, “is going to be weird for all of us, but we’re going to explore what Easter means for us personally.”

Pastor Charles Silano, of Grace Tabernacle Ministries, has been streaming his sermons through his personal Facebook page, as are many others.

Brian McMillan has been editor of the Palm Coast Observer since it began in 2010. He was named the Journalist of the Year for weekly newspapers in North America by the Local Media Association in 2012. He lives in Palm Coast with his wife and five children. Email...

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