MIDLAND, Texas (YourBasin) – From preaching to empty pews to preaching in a parking lot, one local pastor and his church are gearing up for Easter Sunday service in the Horseshoe arena parking lot.
“Just to get the permission from the judge and the commissioners to be able to use the Horseshoe parking lot is just really exciting,” said Sheldon Riley, Elevate Church Pastor.
In a special meeting in commissioners court today, commissioners were faced with the challenge of allowing Elevate Church to use the parking lots at the Horseshoe Arena.
Ultimately, after writing up a policy for non-profit organizations to use the parking lots, the motion had passed.
“Today we discussed and came up with a policy to use our parking lots for county public facilities. We didn’t have one in place, we now have one in place. Essentially it’s limited to 501c3s. There’s a time limit, there’s a designated area that may be used,” said Judge Terry Johnson, Midland County Judge.
Johnson states that the policy will comply with Governor Abbott’s declaration of disaster amidst the novel COVID-19.
In this policy includes a two hour limit, an empty parking space between cars, and attendees staying in their vehicles.
For Riley, he says safety is his number one concern.
“We are going to hold all the precautions they asked us to do. We’re going to keep our social distancing. We’re going to do all the things they’ve asked us and we want to keep everyone safe,” says Riley.
Riley believes that Easter Sunday will be a special Sunday as the members of his church gather but keep their distance.