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Local church moves services back inside

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- As life begins to return to normal, one Quincy church is moving it's services back indoors.

Officials at Faith Presbyterian Church said before last week, they've been doing church on the lawn and hosting online services.

Church member Marilyn Parker said not going back to normal too soon created a sense of safety in the midst of the pandemic.

"I'm glad to be back inside because some people are coming now inside that would not come outside," she said.

Interim pastor Tom Dickerson said it's great for everyone to be back together again inside.

"It's been a tough time for everybody but we've stuck together and had a great opportunity to worship outside," he said. "But it's trying to get back to an a semblance of normal."

He said there's a reason they waited this long: to keep their most vulnerable members safe.

"I think with the mean age of our congregation, our feeling was that our risk factor may be a little higher than perhaps some other churches," Dickerson said.

Parker said the church prepared for this shift back in July by spacing out seats and having masks and hand sanitizer for those who need it.

"Every other row is blocked off and people are still encouraged to sit far apart," she said.

Dickerson said they have plans in place in case their congregation grows during the upcoming holiday months.

He said they'll expand to have multiple services and have overflow seating available outside the sanctuary.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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