TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - People are breaking out their Sunday best in preparation for Easter services.
Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo is among the countless churches gearing up for the religious weekend.
Due to the pandemic last year, many churches opted for alternative options such as drive-in and virtual services.
Harrisburg member Danielle Mullins said the virtual churchgoing has been a good alternative to in-person services, but it got old quickly.
"That was probably one of the most difficult parts was not being able to fellowship with other believers," she said.
Rev. Rob Armstrong said, "Last year we had an empty building. And this year, we hope to not have an empty building."
His church will have three services on Easter Sunday. He said this will give those who attend plenty of opportunity to space out.
First United Rev. Embra Jackson of First United Methodist Church in downtown Tupelo said the church will have five services on Easter, the first at 6:30 AM outside. The final one will be just before noon, and will also be outside. The three during the time between the first and last will all be inside.
For the three indoor services, Jackson said people must register before the services, and added they need to wear masks while inside.
First United member Mary Lin White remembered when services began going virtual in 2020.
"It was very sad to have to close down and not being able to come to church," White said.
said this year for Easter, churchgoers have the option of watching online or going in-person.
"People are very excited to really be back and to be in community and to be where they can physically see one another and greet one another," Jackson said.
Members of both churches said ultimately it is incredibly special to celebrate Easter together again.
Those who attend in-person services at both churches are encouraged to wear masks and social distance.