JACKSONVILLE, Ore.- Churches and their members across Oregon have been one of the most affected groups during the pandemic. Forced lock downs have caused churches to shut down, not allowing people to come and worship together. One church in Jacksonville was able to adapt an online streaming service for their members.
Applegate Christian Fellowship created a safe place online for it's followers to continue watching and listening to sermons while staying home. Now, the church is continuing it's online streaming services for members that would feel safer staying indoors.
Live streaming is also found throughout tv's inside the church for members that want to physically come in the building, but not near large groups of people. This allows for extra social distancing while worshiping inside the building.
"For those who feel safer at home, we're still livestreaming for them. That's why we closed the building, but it remained open through the internet. And now we're trying to do the best of both worlds, being good citizens and gathering together as safely as we can in this season." - Senior Pastor Ben Courson
Courson also says that the church is excited for summer weather, especially for Easter Sunday, allowing the church to use it's amphitheater for more people to congregate outdoors safely while following CDC Guidlines.