Under new guidelines some Lincoln Churches reopen
On Sunday, some churches opened their doors for members to come for morning worship, but under new rules.
At the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, members were offered their own bulletin and sanitizer before they walked into the service and instructions on what pews to sit in.
On Sunday, some churches opened their doors for members to come for morning worship, but under new rules. Many wore masks and used social distancing during services.
“We’ve been following the governor’s guidelines,” said Pastor Clint Poppe for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. “The governor’s guidelines said that as of last week on Monday we can start building towards this and it’s been a long time. The people of God are rejoicing over it.”
“I have every other pew marked off as do not sit; we’re having people sanitize as they come in the door,” added Adam Moline, associate pastor. “We are practicing safe distance as far as even dismissal.”
A member says he thinks it is good for the country to start up again, beginning with church.
“Well I think it’s important to start to start bringing people back together and for people to get back to their jobs,” said Jack Novacek. “I’m considering what I’m doing right now is very good for the country.”
We also followed up with Elevate Church. They still offered the drive-in service but added entry to the sanctuary for those who wanted to be inside.
Pastor Mike Eskenazi says because congregations are different for many churches, any action and no action is a right decision for their people.
“Really, there’s no shame in and there’s no condemnation in those in Christ Jesus but there’s no shame for those who aren’t opening up,” says Eskenazi. “But for those that are, there should be no ridicule either.”
And church members tell Channel 8 they are glad to be back at church during this time.