FAIRFIELD, CT – The doors to Black Rock Church will be closed Sunday to the approximately 2,500 people who come each week to pray, but church members will still be able to pray online.
“The church is not a building,” said Reverend Josh Feay, executive pastor, in a YouTube video announcing the change due to concern over the novel coronavirus in Connecticut.
Most Sundays, the non-denominational Christian church holds four services – some of which draw more than 700 worshipers – as well as children’s programs, Feay said. The religious community stretches across Fairfield County, inland to Newtown and along the Long Island Strait.
Black Rock Church broadcasts its services live every Sunday, but Feay said he’s not sure how long the church will be offering an online-exclusively service, as that depends on when the Fairfield health department approves the back to large group gatherings. The services will be broadcast at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
The health department has approved small gatherings, so whether religious community groups continue to meet will be at their discretion, although midweek children’s programs will not meet in the immediate future and student ministries. and young adults will not have large gatherings.
The church will postpone its annual conference of mission representatives from around the world, which was scheduled to begin on Saturday.
In the video, Feay encouraged worshipers to seek out opportunities to help those in need during the virus outbreak, such as delivering groceries or babysitting neighbors.
âWe need to connect with each other and encourage each other even more during this time,â he said in the video.
Connecticut’s official coronavirus case count was 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, not including a new diagnosis announced at the end of the day, the first in the upstate.
To stream the Sunday service, visit www.blackrock.org/live.