With Easter Sunday just two days away, local churches are getting creative with how they can serve their communities for the religious holiday.
Before the stay-at-home order was put in place, Active Church in San Luis Obispo was planning on holding their service at The Fremont Theater in Downtown San Luis Obispo. This year, the church will be turning to Facebook Live for its service at 9:15 a.m. Sunday.
"This time, we're going to be doing an online service," said Adam Magana, lead pastor at Active Church. "We'll have an amazing worship, we'll have a relevant message, it's going to, it's going to speak to hope for people who are going through some stuff. We're all going through this together and I believe it's going to be an encouraging message for everybody."
Magana is encouraging members of the community to lean on each other now more than ever.
"A lot of people are kind of feeling isolated and feeling alone. I just want people to know that the local church is the best place to find community," Magana said.
Mountainbrook Church in San Luis Obispo will also be live-streaming its services Sunday, including its sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. The church is also inviting all community members to light a candle and say a prayer at 8 p.m. Sunday as a message of solidarity. The church is calling it "Pray at 8."
"How can a church come together without being together at what time and what place?" said Rick Olmstead, one of the lead pastors at Mountainbrook Church. "Then this idea came to mind, what if we prayed for our city, our neighbors, and our country and at the same time while lighting a candle, so the prayer date became sort of a rally cry and we thought, we can do that."
The church will also be holding an Easter Egg hunt through Instagram. The Easter Road Rally will start Saturday morning and end Sunday night. Priscilla Padua, the events coordinator for the church, says families can find clues to the egg hunt at the @MBKidsSLO Instagram page.
New Life Church in Pismo Beach will also be providing a Sunday Service via live-stream. The church will have services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
In addition, the church will also have their U-Pick Pantry open for those who needing assistance with food at this time.
For more information on the live-stream services for Mountainbrook Church, click here.
For more information on the Active Church live-stream, click here.