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Local churches change up Sunday services following COVID-19 concerns

New restrictions announced this morning by Gov. Brown are leading to the cancellation of events and causing churches to rethink Sunday services.

Posted: Mar 12, 2020 7:18 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2020 9:32 AM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – This morning in Gov. Brown’s address concerning coronavirus, she stated that all events or gatherings of more than 250 people are canceled.

This includes churches and after speaking to multiple churches throughout Southern Oregon, NewsWatch 12 learned that many are encouraging vulnerable populations to attend services via livestream.

Klamath Christian Center is just one of many churches making adjustments this weekend. They usually have multiple Sunday services and because of the coronavirus they expect to have less attendance than usual; because of that they feel confident that they will be under the 250-person cap for their Sunday morning services.

For those that choose to come to Sunday service, bypassing the livestream option, there will be notable differences.

“We also provide a social time with snacks after the service; we’re going to be eliminating that,” said Scott Hines, the senior pastor at Klamath Christian Center.

Communion will not be offered.

“We haven’t had communion since the coronavirus. We normally offer it the first Sunday of the month and we didn’t this month because of coronavirus,” said Hines.

Hines says they are also implementing changes to encourage social distancing.

“We’re setting up more chairs in our sanctuary and we’re going to encourage people to spread out so that way they have more space,” said Hines, “we’d like people to sit every other chair, that way they have that three-foot space that’s been recommended.”

One concern that comes with less attendance is the potential financial impact.

“Of course, we’re concerned about the financial side of it, just like all the businesses are,” said Hines, “This is a huge thing for our economy and we’re concerned like everyone else.”

Hines says, despite the warnings, changes and unavoidable impacts, there’s still a lot to be optimistic about.

“I think I don’t think this is a negative thing for churches. I think this is a great opportunity for us to respond to the needs of people around us and the needs of the people in our community and we want do what we can to help,” said Hines, “The church has never been about a building, it’s always about people and relationships. People gathering together in homes was the way the church got started.”

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 156287

Reported Deaths: 2252
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Washington21311212
Marion18541285
Clackamas13426183
Lane10325129
Jackson8489114
Umatilla767882
Deschutes597561
Yamhill379168
Linn360157
Malheur335358
Polk307343
Klamath279855
Douglas252755
Josephine236553
Benton234817
Jefferson196628
Coos152420
Union129519
Columbia127421
Wasco122126
Lincoln113620
Hood River106929
Morrow104914
Clatsop7776
Crook77618
Baker6639
Curry4296
Tillamook4212
Lake3786
Harney2776
Grant2251
Wallowa1425
Gilliam541
Sherman530
Wheeler221
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Cases: 3582320

Reported Deaths: 53083
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Los Angeles119601721676
Riverside2904983849
San Bernardino2870552959
Orange2617983966
San Diego2613533342
Santa Clara1110761798
Kern103756915
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San Francisco34387422
Santa Barbara32147420
Solano30216165
Merced29264407
Sonoma28261301
Imperial26926638
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Placer19911232
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Madera15523214
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Marin13285198
Yolo12867185
Shasta11054179
Butte11007167
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Napa908072
Sutter889998
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Tehama510452
Nevada398874
Tuolumne396659
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Amador347441
Humboldt323033
Lake316941
Glenn223223
Colusa214013
Calaveras191849
Siskiyou178414
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