Although South Padre Island-area church-goers won’t be able to attend Easter Sunday mass like they normally have in years prior, churches have made adjustments to enable them to still get the full experience.
South Padre Island churches such as Island Baptist and Chapel by the Sea will host virtual services this Easter Sunday.
Island Baptist Church pastor Bill Waddell said a video of the service will be posted on the church’s website and Facebook page.
“I’m going to be preaching on Easter on Jesus’ resurrection and the empty tomb, which is a place of hope. It’s where our fears ended there because fear of death is the greatest thing,” Waddell said. “That’s why we’re all running scared of this virus because of the fear of death, but Jesus ended that by resurrecting from the dead so it’s a very important Sunday for us.”
According to Waddell, Island Baptist Church began offering virtual services on YouTube even before the coronavirus pandemic.
“It wasn’t a big change other than the fact that I’m doing them from my house instead of in a church building,” Waddell said. “The transition was pretty smooth and we haven’t missed a beat at all.”
Waddell said he’s increased his services from one a week to three a week.
“We aren’t able to meet together, but at least we can virtually meet together in prayer and study and seek the lord,” he said. “I thought that would be very important.”
Chapel by the Sea will live stream a Maundy service on Thursday, April 9 at 6 p.m. on its Facebook page.
The chapel’s Easter Sunday service will be live streamed on Sunday, April 12 at 10 a.m.
According to chaplain Sam Steele, Chapel by the Sea began hosting virtual services about a month ago.
“I miss having the people there, but we got to play it smart and play it safe,” Steele said. “Folks have been following us quite well.”
Steele said under the circumstances people are in, the services have been working great.
“We even had a lot of friends from former churches in our past that have picked up on it so that’s been a blessing,” he said. “We’re going to get through this together.”
Steele said he wants to remind people that the very first Easter Sunday had a small group of people that grew, but the important thing to remember is that Easter Sunday is the fulfillment of the promise of Jesus and his love for everyone.
“The numbers aren’t what matters,” he said. “It’s the insurance that we have for Jesus Christ. It is the fulfillment of the promise Jesus made to give us that promise of salvation.”
To make a donation to Chapel by the Sea or the Island Baptist Church, visit the organizations’ Facebook pages or websites for more information.
CHAPEL BY THE SEA
FACEBOOK PAGE — https://www.facebook.com/chapelbytheseasouthpadre
ISLAND BAPTIST CHURCH
EMAIL — firstname.lastname@example.org
WEBSITE — https://islandbaptistchurch.org/
FACEBOOK PAGE — https://www.facebook.com/IBCSouthPadre