MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In-person Sunday service has returned for one church in Monongalia County.
After seven months of being shorted on in-person worship, Chestnut Ridge Church by Cheat Lake opened its doors to the public. The Sunday morning service was held at 11, with everyone in attendance being required to wear a mask. Congregants were also taken to their seats so they could be socially distant.
“We’ve been fortunate to have a number of events throughout these months especially in the summer when it’s been nice,” said Executive Pastor Bruce Lane. “Parking lot events and all that, but I don’t think there is a substitute for those people who are ready to come into the building and go to worship. That’s what they are really excited about. Our first and foremost, is we want to keep people safe, but we also want to allow them to have that worship experience.”
Everyone at the church was glad for the opportunity to be physically present in their place of worship again. For now, Chestnut Ridge Church will be back every Sunday at 11 a.m. for services. If the crowds get too large, the church said it will have to turn people away. If it comes to that, it will add additional service times.