Local churches take corona virus steps
Many local churches are taking steps to avoid possible exposure to the virus Sunday.
Lexington Baptist Church Seniors Pastor Dan Williams reported his church is holding their 10:30 service online.
Brookland Baptist Church Pastor Charles Jackson sent a reminder to worshipers, "We preach Holy and Healthy living. Continue to wash your hands regularly.
"III John 2 says 'Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.'”
Places of worship are putting these precautions in place due to Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.
They ask anyone feeling sick or has a sick family member to stay at home and watch church services online.
The Catholic Diocese of Charleston is giving worshiper dispensation for mass if they’re sick.
The diocese recommends removing holy water from hand-fonts and suspending hand holding during the Lords Prayer.
Officials of all of the places of worship plan on either removing or wiping down hymnals, and offering plates and sanitizing commonly touched surfaces.
Some are suspending communion and offerings and asking members not to shake or hold hands during services.
Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone Of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston released a list of a changes they recommend.
• Remove Holy Water from the hand-fonts, and if available, have hand sanitizer at all entrances.
• Remove missalettes, hymnals, etc. from the pews and consider one-time use worship aids.
• Suspend the exchange of the Sign of Peace or announce that it can be done with a simple bow. Also, no handholding during the Lord’s Prayer.
• Suspend the distribution of the Precious Blood during Holy Communion.
• Saliva can be a potent form of transmission of the virus. Given the frequency of direct contact with saliva in the distribution of Holy Communion, we recommend that distribution only be in the hand.