Three major churches to not meet for Sunday services

Published 6:32 pm Friday, March 13, 2020

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Three major churches in the community have announced they will not hold Sunday services.

First Baptist Church on the Square, First Presbyterian of LaGrange and First United Methodist announced Friday that it will not host on-site worship services or Sunday school for March 15.

First Baptist Church on the Square said it will also not host services on March 22 as well but will its service message will be on TV33 and Facebook Live at 11 a.m. and on demand on the church’s website.

First Presbyterian of LaGrange will not host services on March 15 and the 22 and said in an announcement it will, “consult about when we feel the time is safe/appropriate for us to convene corporate worship again.” Additionally, all on-site activities like youth group, staff retreat and more are suspended until Saturday, March 28

Callaway Baptist, Fountain Church, Rosemont Baptist, Shoal Creek Baptist, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lloyd Presbyterian and ThreeLife Church are some of the churches that announced that their services are still scheduled as normal.

Rosemont Baptist Church said in an announcement that it will host only one service at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday. The church said that it will livestream that service on Facebook.

The church also said, “if you are over the age of 60 we are respectfully requesting that you watch our services from home on Facebook.  Those over the age of 60 are far more likely to have complications. We want to guard the health of those most vulnerable to this virus.”

In a press conference Friday afternoon, Gov. Brian Kemp advised against the elderly going to church.

“At this time, it is appropriate for faith-based organizations and similar entities to consider cancellation of public events and services. Contact your local public health office or consult official sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health, for helpful guidance on decision-making,” Kemp said. “Elderly citizens and those with chronic, underlying health conditions face a serious threat to their health, and we must do everything in our power to reduce risk associated with this virus.”