TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- April is a month filled with religious holidays. This year places of worship are recognizing those holidays much differently.
"People are really aching and yearning for some sense of community and not feeling isolated," said Michael Harvey the Rabbi at Temple Israel in West Lafayette.
"People are turning to their faith in a way they probably haven't in a long time," said Robby Bradford the Lead Pastor at River City Church in Lafayette.
During this pandemic, people are relying on their faith to get them through more than ever. With stay the home order in effect, neither Passover or Easter will be celebrated traditionally.
"This has been difficult to get used to not seeing our friends and our members not being able to experience that community in person," added Rabbi Harvey.
However, faith leaders are still bringing their sermons to followers of faith virtually and each religion is seeing an increase in their online platforms.
"We've been connecting with people just avidly through social media," said pastor Bradford.
Even though the future may seem unclear, religious organizations hope people will use this time in our world to reflect.
"I think this pandemic has shown us that we should never take for granted those freedoms,” added Rabbi Harvey. “Even freedoms to leave the house freedoms to go to a grocery store go to restaurants those restrictions really do give us a brand new perspective on this holiday."
Both River City Church and Temple Israel will be streaming their religious service. For a link to stream Temple Israel's service click here. For a link to stream River City Church's service click here.