CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Many local churches have begun to reopen their building doors with the approval from the local government.
Governor Jim Justice gave the green light for churches to reopen their building doors in his Wednesday COVID-19 briefing, under a series of guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Since the pandemic, LifePoint Church in Clarksburg has been livestreaming their Sunday services. They had previously planned not to reopen their doors until June before the Governor’s announcement.
Since many businesses are reopening across the state, Lifepoint Church Pastor Aaron Morgan decided it was the right time for him to reopen his doors as well.
“We’re going to make a decision based on faith, based on wisdom, based on honor which means as believers we obviously believe we’re safe, we’re protected, we’re trusting God.”
Morgan said a few local churches have already took the initiative and reopened the previous Sunday, but he wanted to be thorough, respectful, and safe before he reopened his doors.
“Were making the decision to open this week,” explained Morgan. “Seeing people want it, I think people need it. I just believe it’s the right time to start opening at a certain pace.”
They have put many safety precautions in place to follow Governor’s Justice guidelines.
“What we are doing is we are having our usual two services, described Morgan. But were asking, were using the word encourage people with their last name beginning with A-L to attend our 9:30 service and if your last name ends in M-Z to attend our 11:30 service.”
Morgan asked the congregation to wear masks if they plan to attend service. They have also taken other precautions like taking out every other row to practice social distancing, not providing any children’s ministry, and sanitizing after every service among others.
LifePoint Church will continue to live stream their services for those members who do not feel comfortable attending service in person.