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Bonita Springs Church Brings Congregants Together For Holy Week, Virtually


First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs is not letting social distancing get in the way of Holy Week celebrations.

The church’s director, Jeff Faux said the church is putting together productions members can watch online, from the safety of their own homes.

“While we are not worshipping at the church, we are worshipping and worshipping together,” Faux said. “And encouraging people to actually access the recorded service at the same time they would have normally attended a worship service.”

Faux said Friday’s service ahead of Easter will follow the church’s usual tradition.

“Good Friday, we do a dramatic retelling of the events and that was recorded [Wednesday] evening, and that will be made available starting at six in the morning on Friday,” Faux said. “It’s a service we do pretty much the same every year and we did essentially the same service with some modification in order to get it recorded.”

For the culmination of Holy Week on Easter Sunday, Faux said the church is putting together a prerecorded production that congregants can also view online.

“Our pastor will give the sermon he had planned on giving all along and we are going to decorate the communion table  area and just make it look as much as we can like it would’ve looked had every body been in for service that day,” Faux said.

Faux said the church’s Easter production will also include music.

“Our choir actually will sing the Handel Hallelujah Chorus, but it will be a recording from two years ago with orchestra and the choir and the organ and all of the decorations that we would’ve had in the church and they’ll see a very full church,” Faux said. “That’s just kind of a way of remembering what it is we’ve done and also helping our people to look forward to the future when we get to gather again inside those four walls.”

Andrea Perdomo is a reporter for WGCU News. She started her career in public radio as an intern for the Miami-based NPR station, WLRN. Andrea graduated from Florida International University, where she was a contributing writer for the student-run newspaper, The Panther Press, and was also a member of the university's Society of Professional Journalists chapter.