Drive-Thru Jesus

In more rural areas of America, you become more dependent of your cars. Public transportation is scarce or non-existent, so your car is a lifeline. Many churches want to meet people where they are at and hold drive-thru celebrations throughout the year.


Many churches are set up so the church sits in the middle of a large parking lot. The lot then forms a U around the church. Different scenes are enacted by congregation members and the public drives in one side of the lot and views scenes in order before exiting the other side of the lot.


Between Good Friday (the day Jesus was crucified) and Easter (the day he was resurrected from the tomb) some churches will do drive-thru Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross are a series of scenes about Jesus from being sentenced to death to being laid in a tomb. Typically, these would be visualized as reliefs or paintings where people can walk station to station while reflecting and praying. Live scenes have people ripping of Jesus’ clothes or stabbing him while on the cross.


For Christmas-time, churches will do nativity scenes, often with live animals.