-By Gypsy C. Gallardo for Power Broker Media Group
Irby’s flock and many other community churches have shutdown their face-to-face Sunday services as a precaution against the further spread of the Coronavirus. As of Sunday night, Florida health officials had registered over 1,000 cases in Florida. By Monday midday, the figure stood at nearly 1,200.
Some in the community are taking exception to the unprecedented move, as Pastors continue to reassure that the temporary move is a must in order to stop the spread of the virus, especially among elders who are at higher-risk of infection. A great many churches are busy migrating their services to online platforms as a way to sustain their ministries, and this past Sunday, internet-based services in St. Petersburg drew thousands of video views.
Pastor Carlos Senior of New Hope Missionary Baptist says he and church elders heard strong feelings about the cancellation of live, face-to-face church services. In response, he announced on Saturday, March 21st that both face-to-face and online streaming services would be offered by New Hope.
He isn’t alone in creatively responding to the health crisis. Here’s a round-up of some of the faith community’s response to the pandemic in South St. Petersburg. To add your church’s services to this line-up, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mt. Zion Progressive moved to online services on Wednesday, March 18th for Bible Study, and hosted its first videotaped Sunday service on March 22nd. Service aired via Facebook Live and has so far been viewed over 3,500 times.
Online Service Access: Join Sunday Service at 9:00 AM on Facebook Live @MZPMBC or if unable to join online, please call-in to service at 712-770-5603 Access code 910772#. The recorded service is available for play back all day at 712-770-5602 Access Code 910772#.
Pastor Carlos Senior
New Hope is offering face-to-face services limited to 50 in attendance with strict safety protocols in place to protect those drawn to worship together. Pastor Senior is also creating online content, which he says could help the church reach a whole new generation for Christ.
Pastor Kenny Irby
Online Service Access: Historic Bethel AMEC’s Virtual Worship Celebration will be held @BethelAMEStpetersburg Facebook Live Page on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM.
Special Revival Services: The Sizzling St. Petersburg District Revival will be held on March 23rd and 24th at 7 PM on both evenings, via conference call (Join by Phone: 605-313-6270 Access Code: 526621), led by:
Pastor Manuel Sykes
Online Service Access: Watch Sunday Services Live on Facebook @BethelCommunityBaptist at 9:30 AM.
Pastor Bobby Musengwa
Online Service Access: Watch Sunday Services 11:00 AM Live via Facebook Live @Maximopresbyterian.
Pastor Mark Canfield
Online Service Access: Visit www.pinellaschurch.com to Live Stream Sunday Services 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM.
Pastor Andy Oliver
Allendale UMC adjusted quickly to the “stay home” orders. The congregation has created a portal, listing over a dozen daily online activities including worship services.
Online Service Access: Visit www.AllendaleUMC.org for all Virtual Gatherings and Live Worship times and listings.
Interim Pastor Elizabeth Siplin
The congregation of New Faith Free Methodist is still recovering from recent passing of its Senior Pastor, Rev. Curtiss Long, during the holiday season. Interim Pastor Liz Siplin is working with diverse church leaders to steady the ship.
Online Service Access: Watch Live Sunday Services at 11:00 AM on Facebook @Newfaithfmc.
Pastor G. Gregg Murray
Pastor Gregg Murray announced this weekend that he would feature live and other content via social media daily to help his congregation manage during uncertain times. His video message on Sunday had the following instructions: “Feel free to hit me up to my inbox for a chat. I am here for you. As you all, who write to me, already know, I answer my inbox messages. I will also be doing daily “A WORD TO LIVE BY” videos, and continuing to post what God gives me to give you. During this time, I will make every attempt to increase my daily post messages output on all of my Social Media Ministry platforms…By his grace, I will continue to love, encourage, and feed God’s children. Thank you for supporting the ministry. We will get through to the other side of this. This too shall pass.”
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