For Christians, Easter is the holiest of holidays. One tradition - receiving communion - won’t be possible this year for many followers because of the coronavirus crisis. But yesterday 3 CBS Philly visited a South Jersey church that found a way for followers to continue the meaningful custom. With Easter just days away, High Place Church in Merchantville got creative in how they celebrate and worship this year due to COVID-19. “We determined you know what, let’s hand out communion and then live-stream our service on Friday,” High Place Church Senior Pastor Edgar Alvarez said, “and then in the evening, we’re all going to partake virtually together.”
In response to current Covid-19 restrictions, many places of worship have adjusted the ways in which they commune with parishioners and congregants. St. Peter Church, First Presbyterian Church, Trinity UMC, Grace Episcopal Church, High Place Church and Congregation M'kor Shalom have posted Easter and Passover season events on their individual Facebook page calendar and website. Many of these local churches and synagogues also offer weekly opportunities to gather, worship and comfort virtually through Facebook Live including bible study, daily Mass and Friday Shabbat services. Worship and fellowship events can be found on Merchantville Online's Facebook page calendar.
How about decorating some Easter shaped cookies to support a small business - a fun and yummy activity to do with your family! The Station Coffee has prepared a decorating kit for pick-up this week. Included in each kit are four (4) sugar cookies, icing and candy for decorating. Kits are $15 each and available by pre-order only. Please call or message us your order until Thursday, April 9th at (856) 488-0973 for pick up Friday or Saturday, April 10th and 11th. The Station is also open for all your take-out needs for coffee, of course, and a full menu! Call ahead 856-488-0973 for fastest service or just stop by our window. Great GO-TO-WINDOW hours - now open Sundays!