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Some church services move online because of coronavirus

Some churches in Eugene are moving services online after Governor Kate Brown announced a ban on large gatherings earlier this week.

Posted: Mar 13, 2020 1:06 PM
Updated: Mar 13, 2020 3:01 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Some churches in Eugene are moving services online after Governor Kate Brown announced a ban on large gatherings earlier this week. 

New Hope Eugene lead pastor Aaron Sutherland said their church has suspended weekday and weekend services in favor of a digital format. 

Worshippers can logon to the church's website and watch services from the comfort of their own home. 

"We're trying to be safe and wise, but we're not just eliminating community altogether or eliminating caring for people. We're just doing it in some different ways," Sutherland said. 

The church hopes to reopen after the ban on large gatherings is lifted on April 8, just days before Easter Sunday. 

Similarly, the Eugene Faith Center said they are suspending church services. Instead, a livestream of service is streamed on the church's Facebook page at 10 a.m. every Sunday. There is also a 7 p.m. livestream service on Wednesdays. 

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