Christian Chronicle

More churches resume in-person worship, but COVID-19 brings changes

From social distancing to individual communion packages, congregations take steps to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

Masks or no masks?

Sing and make a joyful noise — or not?

Required temperature checks at the door?

These are among the questions facing Churches of Christ nationwide as congregations increasingly move to resume in-person assemblies, a Christian Chronicle survey found.

After nearly three months of closed doors, many churches have targeted this Sunday — the first Lord’s Day of June — for returning to the building. 

But amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — with 1.95 million confirmed cases and 111,000 deaths in the U.S. — special measures designed to protect the flock’s health will greet most worshipers.

“We will have shortened services, communion to pick up upon entering, temperature monitors at the door, little to no singing, planned seating and either multiple services or multiple rooms in our building for small groups to meet and stream the worship service,” said Jed Lovejoy, worship and children’s minister for the Broadway Church of Christ in Paducah, Ky.

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This story appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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