Daily church services were held in the spacious 94,000 square foot Exhibition Hall of the Ocean Center, which provided more than ample space for people to spread out, socially distance and enjoy fellowship and activities in comfort. Several large meeting rooms were available to us and proved very useful for youth education classes and smaller group Bible studies.
For those who preferred to wear masks the entire time, a separate “Masks Only” room was provided, with services live streamed from the main hall. Those who could not come to services for any reason were able to be part of the Feast through Zoom connections that were provided daily.
More than 700 came to Daytona Beach for the Feast this year, with 716 being the highest daily attendance. Several more tuned in each day by Zoom.
Leading up to the Feast, we saw God’s hand in providing the space we needed. Up until a few weeks before the Feast, we had planned to be in an adequate size meeting space—a 14,000 square foot ballroom that in pre-pandemic days could hold 1,000. The large Exhibition Hall in which we had met the year before was booked, with no signs of that event being canceled. But, due to the number of reported coronavirus cases, just weeks before the Feast the company holding that space canceled, leaving the Exhibition Hall open. We asked, and the Ocean Center allowed us to use the larger meeting space at no extra charge. God had cleared the way for us.
In addition to daily services, youth education sessions, a senior lunch, a family dance and game night, teen, young adult and general Bible studies were offered. Family day was held at the adjacent Daytona Lagoon water park and amusement center, to which we had exclusive access. Almost 500 Feastgoers enjoyed an afternoon of water slides, a water park, endless arcade games, go-karts, mini golf, ropes course and other attractions in a family setting.
In a world of uncertainty, disease and constant change, the Feast this year reminded us of the stability, unity and certainty of our God who will usher in an unparalleled time of joy and peace on this earth.
To Him be the glory forever and ever.