Virginia Chick-fil-A Offers Restaurant to Church without a Place to Worship
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- 2017 Sep 12
Chick-fil-A restaurants are not open on Sundays in order to give employees the opportunity to have a day of rest and worship, but a Virginia Chick-fil-A recently made an exception of sorts.
The management at the Sandston, Virginia Chick-fil-A agreed to allow a church congregation which recently lost its Sunday meeting place to use the restaurant for their Sunday worship.
The Blaze reports that White Oak Community Church had been holding its church services in the ballroom of a nearby Econo Lodge hotel. However, that space is no longer available to the church.
“Upon arriving to our current worship location we found that the building has condemned signs on the door,” the church posted on its Facebook page. “The only legal use of any of the spaces are for the Econo Lodge to conduct business. We obviously do not have church this morning.”
“Often God sandblasted us out of places in order for us to see the next great thing that he has for His church,” the post continued. “A little frustrated this morning, but excited for what God has for our future!”
That’s when Chick-fil-A stepped in.
One of the congregation’s board members works at Chick-fil-A, so she contacted her supervisor to ask about using the restaurant as a worship space. Her supervisor agreed.
White Oak pastor Dave Wilde thanked Chick-fil-A for “graciously agreeing to host us next Sunday.”
The congregation will only meet in the Chick-fil-A temporarily until a more long-term solution can be found, but congregants remain hopeful:
“We are excited to see what God is going to do next,” the church posted on Facebook.
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Publication date: September 12, 2017