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Despite the threat of rain and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a number of churches locally are planning to have in-person Easter services, just in a different way than members are used to.

At Carmel Baptist Church, 2001 Bascomb Carmel Road, Woodstock worshippers are planning a 7:30 a.m. sunrise service drive-in movie style. If the weather holds - which if current forecasts hold is a big if - an 11 a.m. service is planned as well.

"In compliance with the governor's guidelines, everyone must stay in their cars, and no one can enter the church building," Carmel member Janet Woodall said.

Carmel has had previous drive-in services with a sermon and music delivered over loudspeakers from the front of the church.

Others are planning similar meetings, where people worship together, but stay in their vehicles to avoid personal contact and potential spread of novel coronavirus, which has caused at least seven deaths in Cherokee County.

Wildwood Baptist Church, 4801 Wade Green Road, Acworth is having its drive-in service at 5 a.m. to get ahead of severe storms predicted for Sunday afternoon and night.

Hightower Baptist Church, 3444 Hightower Road, Free Home is having an 11 a.m. drive-in service. If the service has to be canceled, that will be posted no later than 9 a.m. Sunday on the church Facebook page.

Burt's Pumpkin Farm, 5 Burt's Farm Road, Dawsonville is planning drive-in Easter services at 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.

If you know of other drive-in services in the area, share the information in the comments section below.

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