Alabama Church Returns to Online-Only Services After ‘Spike’ in Coronavirus Cases Among Members

Pastor Derek Allen of First Baptist Tilmans Corner discusses the state of the church for the month of July. | Facebook/First Baptist Tilmans Corner via screengrab

A large Alabama congregation has returned to online only worship services following what its pastor described as a “spike” in COVID-19 cases among the membership.

First Baptist Church of Tillmans Corner, a Mobile-based congregation with approximately 1,500 members, had recently reopened with socially-distanced worship services of about 350 people.

However, in an announcement posted on Facebook Wednesday, the church’s pastor explained that they were canceling in-person services as well as their Kids Camp, which was going to begin next week.

In the Facebook message, Pastor Derek Allen said the decision came because of “a spike in COVID-19 cases among our faith family.”

“Regardless of what is happening nationally or statewide, there has been a significant increase in cases among FBTC members in the past two weeks. We need to move quickly and decisively to stop the virus before it spreads any further,” he wrote.

“We don’t want to see any of our faith family members suffer through a COVID-19 infection, and we want to do our part to contain this spike as much as possible.”

Allen added that several of those who’ve contracted coronavirus “have experienced severe illness” and he was “committed to leading us through this in a way that makes us stronger and more focused on advancing the Kingdom of God.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski