TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — From streaming services to socially distant services, churches are having to adapt to a new way of worship.
Senior Pastor John Campbell of First Baptist Church in Terre Haute says before COVID-19, the congregation averaged 320 members at a Sunday service. That soon was reduced to 70 members per service due to social distancing.
“Us not gathering was a difficult decision to make. It was a hard thing to do but we think it helps others and we think as Christians that’s something that should be important to us,” said Campbell.
With Christmas coming soon, Campbell said First Baptist Church has not yet decided how to handle the typical Christmas plays and Christmas Eve service.
St. Benedict Church is preparing for Christmas mass not only by streaming but by offering tickets to attend in-person.
“We still have four Christmas masses planned, but we are asking and requiring people not only to wear a mask but have a ticket and reserve their pew, their seat online,” said Pastoral Associate at St. Benedict, Rita Burns-Senseman.
Both First Baptist and St. Benedict church say most of their church programs are now strictly on Zoom, to provide the up most safety for their members.