Churches discuss plans, vaccine as COVID cases surge

Churches discuss plans, vaccine as COVID cases surge
Churches in Alabama and across the nation have faced many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but some pastors are hopeful with the vaccine rollout.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Churches in Alabama and across the nation have faced many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but some pastors are hopeful with the vaccine rollout.

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church senior pastor Cromwell Handy says the church is being extra cautious in welcoming back a full congregation.

For now, the church is remaining virtual and has a task force in place to monitor COVID. Handy says he is also asking his congregation to remain patient before a big return.

“We’ve been fortunate that we haven’t had anyone directly impacted by a loss of life from this, but we have had people we do know that have been affected,” Handy said.

While churches like Dexter Avenue put a hold on welcoming people back, the Gospel Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Selma is slowly bringing back members to their sanctuary.

“We’re with a minimum number of 25, and the mayor in our city right now has a measure of 25 or less, so we’re abiding by that, " Grayson said.

Both pastors believe the COVID-19 vaccines as the key to return congregations to normal. They’re encouraging their members and those in their communities to take the vaccine when it becomes available.

“It’s a personal choice, but it’s our best hope right now for us to return as a congregation,” Handy said.

“The voice in the community is being pastors we can help encourage people to take the vaccine, and that can save lives in the future, “Grayson said.

Both pastors say people should continue to wear masks and socially distance, even with the vaccine becoming more available.

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