Covid forces churches to celebrate Christmas in different ways

Many churches were forced to close their doors again for yet another important service regarding the story of Jesus Christ.

Covid forces churches to celebrate Christmas in different ways
Pastor Quaya Ackerman sets up the drive-in service at Arthur United Methodist Church.

Instead of packing the pews people packed the parking lot of Arthur United Methodist Church.

"We are very joyful that we have a way we can gather together to worship together on Christmas," said member Jeremy Nelson.

With in person services hard to find this Christmas season that brought families out from other churches.

"At least we can all get together and be family, support everything, it' s cool," said Paul Lako who was visiting with his family so they could do an in person service.

No altar this Christmas Eve, instead the service was projected onto a wall across the street where the church's youngest members shared the real reason for the season.


"There is definitely a story behind it and the birth of our Savior, and that is what is important about Christmas," said Paul's wife Julie.

There is one thing that Pastor Quaya Ackerman said she likes about the drive-in service, which the congregation also did at Easter..

"There's nothing like honking amen in the parking lot," she said.

After sharing the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, the church kept with tradition as the service wrapped up families exited their cars to sing Silent Night as the church bells rang.

They said a little Christmas prayer that in person services can resume in the new year.

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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