Local church hosts first in-person service in 11 weeks

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Terre Haute Church of God hosted it’s first face to face worship service after being closed for 11 weeks due the coronavirus pandemic.

Worshipers gathered in the sanctuary but they were required to practice social distance and sit on every other row.

Hand sanitizer stations were set up throughout the church and disposable face masks were provided for members if they needed one.

However, it was not a requirement for church members to wear a mask while inside the church.

Pastor Dennis Sanders said it felt good to see his congregation face to face.

“It’s exciting because as a Shepard, as a pastor, you want to be with your people. But also at the same time I understand the significance of what we’re going through,” Sanders explained. “And I understand that we have to take precautions to make sure that our building and staff are safe. So, when people do come, they know it’s a good environment to come and worship in.”

The church is also taking sanitary measures inside the bathrooms by providing toilet liners and toys are not allowed inside of the children’s nursery.

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