STANLEY––In the Gospel of St. Luke, we read of Jesus preaching from a boat, addressing crowds on the shore.
And at Stanley Pentecostal Holiness Church this past Sunday, something rather similar occurred. The church’s youth and children’s ministry pastor, Eric Chaney, preached to a large group of congregation members in their vehicles in Stanley Pentecostal’s expansive parking lot.
As he told The Herald on Friday, it was all part of the ongoing distancing efforts many are undertaking to combat the global virus that is necessitating such state-mandated precautions. Many churches across America have held similar events in recent days, so Stanley Pentecostal is in good company.
“We were hoping to continue but may have to wait,” Chaney said, “since Gaston enacted the stay-at-home policy.”
Chaney was referring to the official edict issued by the Gaston County Board of Commissioners that took effect Friday at 5 p.m. It prohibits all unnecessary travel, including church attendance (the order forbids gathering in groups), and it restricts people’s movements for the sake of safety. This includes allowing travel only to grocery stores, pharmacies, necessary physician and veterinary visits and the like. You can still go to restaurants but only for the take-out option.
The edict will remain in force through April 16, thus scuttling upcoming Easter church services for Gaston County residents. The commissioners add that the stay-at-home order may be revised or extended at any time, per the recommendations of County officials.
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