Calvary Under the Tent: Returning to the Roots
Story by Lerian Stringer
Photos by Gary Apodaca
In responding to recent governmental orders limiting church attendance, Calvary Chapel La Habra, CA, is also returning to the roots of the Calvary Chapel movement, to when Founder Chuck Smith held services under a circus tent. COVID-19 restrictions aren’t stopping the large fellowship from worshipping—they are now meeting outdoors under a 6,000-square foot tent, calling it Calvary Under the Tent. “God has been so faithful to us in meeting our needs before we even know to ask. We are so thankful for the new tent that He provided for our church,” exclaimed Senior Pastor Lance Cook. To help navigate the Southern California heat, CC La Habra has provided coolers, misters, and fans. Separate tented locations have been set aside for children, young adults, and Japanese- and Spanish-speaking attendees. “The tents provide a sense of safety to the [church] body,” Lance added, noting that other COVID-19 precautions are being taken.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Pastor Lance leads the church in prayer.
CC La Habra has a long history of community involvement and relief outreaches, leading to a good rapport with the local government. This past spring, Lance related, “Our City Council reached out to me [regarding church restrictions], and said they and our police chief felt comfortable allowing me and our leadership to move forward with whatever we felt was best for our people.” La Habra officials and the church together hosted a virtual city-wide prayer meeting.
Lance and Stan discuss racial issues.
People flock to the CC La Habra tent.
Pastor Lance Cook (right) and visiting Pastor Stan Mitchell address CC La Habra, CA.
All verses above are quoted from the New King James Version.
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