On this resurrection sunday pastors in louisiana will be preaching indoors without capacity limits.
Around this time last year Pastor James Pritchard was preaching his easter sermon via the web... this year the lights will be on and seats will be filled.
Pritchard says "My first sunday preaching was easter sunday and i preached by video on a wednesday night recorded it and then we played it here on sunday".
This year First Baptist is among many acadiana churches that are expecting larger attendance this sunday. Pastor Pritchard says they will still maintain social distancing.
Pritchard says "Now that we don't have the limit on capacity, we will maintain some social distanced seating but in this lower area here we will not be mandating social distancing and were just going to prepare the best we can and see what happens".
Pastor Pritchard says he's looking forward to seeing people he doesnt usually see every sunday.
"And we plan on having that so that we can provide a space for those that haven't been back yet and we still have a pretty sizeable number of folks that have not been back and were hoping that some of them will feel comfortable coming back and worshipping on easter sunday"
One of the biggest challenges they faced as a place of worship was trying to minister people while keeping everyone safe.
Pritchard says "on okay how can we do this can we not do this what should we do when should we do it and it's just been a difficult year but it's been a blessed year god has been faithful through the whole thing"