By Deb Patterson
MILFORD — Contemporary Christian music filled downtown Milford Sunday morning in preparation for a unique event on Main Street. A drive-in church service was conducted in front of the Milford Town Hall, hosted by the six churches in the community.
Main Street was nearly parked full, with approximately 30 vehicles lining both sides of the street. Some vehicles had single occupants, others had couples and families. A few even brought along four legged members of their family to hear the messages. The morning messages were heard from Rob Nelson, Milford United Methodist Church; Mike Kelley, Word of Truth; Steve Wilson, Christian Church of Milford; Joe Yoder, Milford Chapel; and Lee Compson, Milford First Brethren.
Each pastor brought their own message, with the common theme of turning to Jesus in the challenging times. The hour long service concluded with Matt Yoder providing a message through music, followed by prayer from several of the pastors.
The “amens” normally heard during church services, were substituted with the honking of horns, as all participating remained in their vehicles as the messages were heard through a loud speaker system.
Wilson stated the pastors of the area churches have been doing a lot to build a relationship in the community since about August. “We missed a great opportunity at Easter to work together, to show the community that as followers of Jesus, we’re more than anyone one organization, more than one congregation. we want to be seen as those who love Jesus and love our community. This is an opportunity to be together, to do something together that benefits the community. This is very much organic collective effort, that’s not spear headed by one person, a new spirit among the church in Milford, we’re more than one congregation, we’re one body of Christ..”
Kelley, who appeared to have organized the event, noted it is felt church congregations will not be able to go back to status quo when the pandemic is over.
Several who attended commented “I’m excited. I think it’s great.” “I thought it was awesome.”