As church attendance continues to drop across North America, one Florida congregation has figured out a novel way to drive up the numbers of their congregation.
The Daytona Beach Drive In Christian Church enables parishioners to enjoy the benefits of attending church without leaving the comfort of their car, NPR reported. There is the option to worship indoors in a hall on the property, but most of the congregation seems content to turn on their car radio and tune in to the service.
All are welcome to attend the services. Families are even encouraged to bring their dogs to receive communion, parishioners told NPR.
Others who attend the services said it was nice to enjoy the Florida sunshine, or have somewhere for antsy kids to play during a service.
Pastor Bob Kemp-Baird was skeptical when he took the job two years ago, but told NPR he believes the drive-in style works for his congregation.