It always feels special for Pastor Jay Richardson when his congregation at Highland Colony Baptist Church gathers during the holidays — but this year, that’s even more true because of time they’ve spent apart.
Angelia Collins’ two daughters lay in bed in their pajamas on a Sunday morning, shoulder to shoulder.
Lacey Collins, 4, stares at the TV quietly, her 2-month-old sister still fast asleep.
Watching her children, Angelia Collins imagines what would be like if everything had stayed the same. If not for the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, she would already be on her way to church, like she had always been, avidly, since she could remember.
Roughly a dozen church leaders who sit on a city-formed committee on reopening Columbus expressed reluctance to open their doors too soon amid the COVID-19 pandemic at a meeting with city leaders Monday.
Ask even longtime pastors if they have ever encountered a disruption to their ministries like that of COVID-19 and you’ll get a singular response: No.
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Rev. Todd Matocha of Main Street Presbyterian Church is preaching to the choir.
Only the choir.
His sermon for Sunday, March 22, titled “When Public Worship is Prohibited,” isn’t delivered before hundreds of parishioners. It was filmed the Thursday before in front of empty pews and posted on YouTube.
Two weeks ago, a prevailing quandary for the Rev. Randy Sellers was whether or not to use the traditional one communion cup for all worshipers during the Holy Eucharist, or Lord’s Supper, at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in West Point. Given the heightening awareness of COVID-19, it had become an issue of discussion among the larger church. Now, those almost seem like simpler times.
As multiple governors issue orders to curb large gatherings and implore residents to stay home in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus, at least a half-dozen states have exempted some level of religious activity.
As in-person worship services are canceled or downsized amid the coronavirus outbreak, some churches across the U.S. are bracing for a painful drop in weekly contributions and possible cutbacks in programs and staff.
On the first Sunday after the coronavirus began upending American life, some religious institutions — including two churches whose pastors are close to President Donald Trump — held in-person services amid public health worries over the pandemic. That picture already looks different this week.
On Sunday mornings, millions of Americans regularly engage in behavior health officials urge people to avoid as the leading edge of the COVID-19 coronavirus arrives in the U.S.