Dealing with church attendance during the pandemic
DELMARVA- Local churches say they’ve seen a decline in church attendance, even after many guidelines have been lifted.
Church’s were one of many organizations that had strict guidelines in place to prevent further spread of the virus. With social distancing, many smaller churches say they suffered with attendance.
A church in Georgetown, Delaware says they use to have over 1,000 people on Sundays, now they’re lucky to get over 400 but they’re slowly increasing. Churches also tells 47 ABC, they had to get creative with ways to get people in church and make them feel safe.
Pastor Anthony Dickerson with Greater Mt. Olive Full Gospel Baptist Church in Cambridge says, “It’s really taught us how to do church differently and how to be creative, and how we express our worship towards God.” Another pastor, Rick Betts with Crossroads community church in Georgetown, Delaware says, “It’s slowly been coming back and we’re glad for that but we still see people are waiting for us to get to the place where we don’t have to wear those masks at all.”
Both pastors say they’re excited for more guidelines and restrictions to be lifted to get community members back in church. However, they are continuing to follow CDC guidelines until further notice.
If you want to attend either of their Sunday services, you can visit Crossroads Community Church to learn more, or call the Greater Mt. Olive Full Gospel Baptist Church at (410)-228-8955.