Five months into the global pandemic and churches have now shut down two separate times.. But that's not stopping some churchgoers from finding ways to worship.
Pastor Angelo Frazier at Riverlakes Community Church tells me this is a crucial time to worship. He says they are still able to gather while following CDC guidelines; they’re simply just taking a new approach.
He says since Kern County was placed on the monitoring list and Governor Newsom implemented new guidelines last month, they’ve been holding outdoor church services. He adds, "it looks amazing. Because we do have a lot of space out there on Calloway and Hageman. And so people can really spread out."
Frazier says around 200 people have showed up to the outdoor morning service at 8:15 a.m. on Sundays. He says churchgoers are physical distancing between families, and that wearing a mask is not mandatory if distancing, but it is suggested.
Frazier says after two closures it has been difficult, but they will do what needs to be done. He says, "were staying faithful with our colleagues to gather according to the bible. But we also know were living in a time where we have to be creative. You know this virus has separated us a lot so it’s good to see us all back together."
And for those who do not feel comfortable meeting in person for these services, Frazier says they also live stream all services onto their YouTube page. He says, "to hear the word, worship God, and to hear and learn about each other. Who he is and what he wants us to be doing, especially at a time like this."