Local churchgoers celebrate Easter Sunday as restrictions loosen
"We wanted people to be able to sing. We're not singing inside because of the pandemic, we thought it was safer outside and we thought let's just share it with the neighbors," said Senior Minister, Rebecca Spencer.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Sights and sounds of a new season of hope echoed throughout Providence as many churches officially welcomed parishioners for the first time in over a year for Easter Sunday.
Despite the loosened restrictions, many churches did hold online celebrations for the second year in a row.
Some congregations chose to get creative with how to ensure a COVID safe Easter service, while also keeping it special.
Many houses of worship, like Central Congregational Church of Providence, went the extra mile to make sure in-person celebrations were safe and memorable.
“We wanted people to be able to sing. We’re not singing inside because of the pandemic, we thought it was safer outside and we thought let’s just share it with the neighbors,” said Senior Minister, Rebecca Spencer.
“It seems like it’s the right time to be able to come together.”
After a COVID-friendly indoor service, hundreds lined up on Angell Street to sing.
Last year, the state had a stay-at-home order in place so families and groups could not gather in-person.