Ryder church adapts to pandemic changes in unique way
Amidst the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing an area community’s pastor, church and parishioners are continuing to hold drive-in worship services.
Since Easter Sunday Calvary Church in Ryder has been holding the services.
For past weeks Pastor Jonathan Starks held the services on a flatbed trailer. With service is broadcast by short-range FM transmitter to people who listen on their vehicles’ radio.
But when the weather got cooler Starks began looking for a way to continue services.
The outcome of that search was a deer stand provided by Rod Johansen of the local area.
Now Starks is continuing to hold drive-in worship services from the deer stand.
The story about the church’s drive-in services continuing and the big green-colored deer stand was published in the Oct. 24-25 Weekend Edition of The Minot Daily News.
The unique set-up also got the attention of Gov. Doug Burgum who talked about the Ryder church’s drive-in worship services and the deer stand in his press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic this past week.
On Sunday, the 30th drive-in service was held and the third service in the deer stand.