‘How Can the Church Not Be Essential?’ Ask Calif. Pastors, Announce Intention to Resume In-Person Services May 31

“Our church made 10,000 masks for doctors. We made gowns. We made all sorts of things when there was an enormous shortage. Our church came together to provide electronic devices for seniors who are isolated, who haven’t seen their family members in six weeks. … [The governor is] not concerned about that, but suddenly when we want to gather to pray or to worship, he [won’t allow it]. To me, that’s hypocritical,”

(Heather Clark – Christian News)  A coalition of churches in California have announced their intention to resume in-person services on May 31, regardless of whether the government expressly gives the green light or not, and with social distancing and other protective measures in place.

A number of pastors with Church United, led by Jim Domen, advised on Thursday that they — and hundreds, if not thousands, of others — plan to open their doors on the calendar date of the Christian Pentecost, regardless of whether or not Gov. Gavin Newsom has approved stage three of his reopening plan at that time.

“We’re not here to be activists. We’re not here to be rebels. We’re here to be helpers,” said Danny Carroll, pastor of Water of Life Community Church in Fontana, where the press conference was held. The megachurch typically sees 8,000 people each Sunday. View article →


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