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Memphis COGIC church honors social distancing guidelines by praising from church parking lot

Bishop Charles Patterson says although he respects the Governor's order, he's going to do these types of services one Sunday per month.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Sunday, the Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ went the extra mile to bring their worship service to members of their congregation and others who needed the inspiration.

Bishop Charles Patterson and his church administration hosted a drive-in service Sunday morning.

People could praise in the parking lot from the comfort of their cars or through Facebook Live from their homes.

By noon, 6,000 people had tuned in for Bishop Patterson's service on social media.

"This church means the world to me, the members. The time that we've had, we've been separated and it's been hard on me as well as it's been hard on them and that was one of the driving forces for us doing it.  To allow them to be apart of a live worship service but yet be safe and remain in their cars and practice social distancing," Bishop Patterson explained.

Despite Governor Lee's order allowing churches to open at 50 percent capacity, Bishop Patterson says he's going to wait a little longer and continue efforts like this at least one Sunday per month.