Local churches prepare for first Easter back following COVID-19 pandemic

Grace United Methodist Church prepares for Easter weekend
Grace United Methodist Church prepares for Easter weekend(Mia Johnson)
Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 5:02 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Churches around Laramie County are making preparations for a full house, following COVID-19 not allowing for in-person services in 2020.

Churches are taking advantage of being able to gather this Easter, and are looking forward to in-person fellowship.

“It is really cool because we know when Easter and Christmas come, that is the time when people who wouldn’t normally come to church would consider coming to church on one of those holidays. We have an open door policy at our church, we always say you don ‘t have to believe what we believe; regardless, we will still love you. So we kind of keep that mentality, not just for Easter and Christmas, but for every single service,” said Korinn Smith, Communications Director of Element Church.

Element church is doing things differently this year. They are going to have three services and they are selecting families they are able to help financially. Smith said they are looking forward to going out into the community to bless people, rather than people having to come to them.

Element isn’t the only local church expecting big crowds. Grace United Methodist Church is making preparations for a bigger crowd than normal.

“We know a lot of folks in our community, those that were reaching online, are really excited about just being present in the many ways that we can be. We are trying to make as much space, physically and digitally as we can, so everybody can celebrate Easter this year,” said Pastor Zach Bechtold of Grace United.

Both churches are offering more than one Easter Service as well as streaming live for those that do not want to attend in-person. They are also putting COVID precautions in place.

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