Despite health orders from the province requiring no gatherings larger than five people in a location that is not your household, Springs Church recently hosted a drive-in service.

The drive-in service was well-attended, with dozens of vehicles pictured in attendance on Springs' Facebook page.

In a video update posted to Facebook on Nov. 27, Springs pastor Leon Fontaine invited viewers to watch their broadcast church service from the church's parking lot.

"You'll all be watching individually with your families, in your own vehicle," Fontaine says, "watching the service from your car electronically as I preach the Word.

"Our practical messages from the Word of God provide some of the greatest social services to the public for their health and welfare."

Fontaine did encourage attendees to remain in their vehicles and advised no washrooms would be available.

"We'll have police present, we'll make sure everybody is safe," Fontaine says.

He adds: "It's all for nothing if you and I don't have freedom."

Officers from the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) were on hand at the service on Nov. 28.

WPS public information officer Const. Jay Murray declined to comment, saying Communications Services Manitoba and Manitoba Public Health are investigating.

Manitoba's chief provincial public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, has repeatedly cautioned Manitobans against leaving their homes for unessential reasons over the past week.

"The weekend will bring temptations to get together with others and to run errands. I am asking you not to go anywhere and to please #StayHome," Roussin shares in a tweet posted Saturday morning.