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Warren church reopens for worship

Second Baptist to increase services, limit number of parishioners in attendance for each

WARREN — Second Baptist Church “A House of Hope,” like many area churches, is reopening its doors for in-person worship after weeks of holding services online through Facebook or staying inside vehicles in parking lots.

Pastor Todd Johnson of Second Baptist Church, 1510 Main Ave. SW, said when the church reopens today and Sunday, three distinct worship services will limit the number of parishioners in attendance while increasing worship opportunities for the congregation and the community.

Starting today a contemporary worship will be 6 p.m. Saturdays, an early traditional worship service 8 a.m. Sunday and a late contemporary worship 10:15 a.m. Sunday.

Johnson said in accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Ohio health officials, guidelines have been implemented for all gatherings. Guided entry, seating and exiting procedures have been put into place to ensure proper distancing of all parishioners.

Guidelines include:

• All attendees must practice social distancing, sitting only with their families and avoiding physical contact with others;

• Individuals exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, such as cough and fever, are not to attend services.

• All attendees must wear masks, especially when entering and exiting the sanctuary. Masks will be available to attendees who do not have them.

• Worship-related activities such as offering, communion and corporate prayer have been adjusted to a contactless format.

• Children younger than 16 will not be permitted to attend without their parents or guardians (of their own household), and the van ministry will not operate until further notice.

• A reduced maximum room capacity will be enforced, and all services will be broadcast on the church Facebook and YouTube pages.

• Sunday school classes and children’s church will not be held at this time.

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