SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – This Easter day may look more familiar than it has in the past few years.
The pastor at Bethel United Methodist in Spartanburg said the easing of the COVID-19 protocols has once again allowed a crowd full of faces.
“We’re just so grateful to be able to celebrate in person this year,” Beth Martin said.
“It’s really special. We’ve been waiting for this for a while,” Brad Gray said.
With COVID-19 restrictions easing, Pastor Brad Gray said the church has begun to come back to life.
“There is nothing like having a large audience there, the energy lives by itself. They love being together and being present with each other, ”Gray said.
He said a large crowd helps with energy and delivery of the message. Although things look more normal, he tells us that they still have precautions in place.
“We have kept some parameters in place to protect those who are vulnerable among us,” he said.
For the first time in a few years, Gray said the chairs will be full on Easter Sunday.
“It’s since 20-19 at Easter that we expect a quantity that we will see today,” Gray said.
The church held a contemporary and traditional worship service on Sunday, with a worship hall full of faces. Terry Troutt, with the church, has attended for about 20 years.
“We are really looking forward to the Easter celebration. This is the first time that we have been a full congregation for both our contemporary worship service, also our traditional worship service, ”said Troutt.
He said when COVID first started, the church was completely virtual.
“Now we’re on our way back to what we normally call,” he said.
Now people are grateful to be back.
“Just worshiping and praising and glorifying God, personally and not externally, at Zoom is just not the same thing,” said ward member Beth Martin.
Gray said everyone has a story to share with others and he is happy that every church chair can be filled this Easter.