Churches host online services: some available on NewsCenter1
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The threat of coronavirus is taking a toll on the faith practices of tens of thousands of believers in west river South Dakota.
Many churches have canceled Sunday services in keeping with CDC guidelines to limit large gatherings. Those congregations are finding other ways to worship.
Fr. Michel Mulloy, with the Catholic Diocese says, “What we’re trying to really is to respond, to be responsible about the situation that we’re in. Listening to government authorities and medical personnel.”
After the president discouraged large gatherings, local churches of all denominations are finding new ways to connect with congregations and the community. Many opting to stream services and masses and some even partnering with media organizations to stream these services on TV.
In more remote areas such as Hermosa, it may be more difficult for residents to live stream but there are solutions.
“We’ll be using email to advance prayer concerns, to share the Sunday bulletin, to pass around a printed sermon that folks can use in their homes,” says Rev. Dr. Diane Janssen- Hemmen.
Fountain Springs will be streaming all services, but they also encourage people to check out online bible studies.
“On our website, we have a thing called RightNow media, it’s Bible studies that you can plug right into and no matter what you’re doing during the day you can watch Bible studies,” says senior pastor, David Kinnan.
First Presbyterian in Rapid City is even considering an alternative for communion and group prayer.
“The ideas we’ll try to use here are drive-thru communion in our parking lot, we’ll celebrate the sacrament together in that way. We’ll also practice specific times when we gather, we’ll put out a regular time and we’ll all gather at that moment for prayer,” says Rev. Dr. Janssen- Hemmen.
All have one goal, to ensure that people stay steadfast in faith and in relationship with God.
NewsCenter1 will carry both Catholic and Protestant services this weekend.
A mass by the Diocese of Rapid City will air Sunday at 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on NewsCenter1 and at 10-30 a.m. MyTV.
A Fountain Springs Church service will air on NBC at 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. On MyTV it will air Saturday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Both services will be available to stream on our website and Facebook page.