ATLANTA (CBS46) – As more people across the country become infected with COVID-19, many places are choosing to temporarily close in metro Atlanta. Some churches and other places of worship are going virtual this holiday season. They will not be holding in-person services this Christmas.
Ebenezer Baptist Church is among the places of worship returning to virtual services on Saturday.
“I can’t come in and sit down and hear the Ebenezer choir in person,” church worshiper Ila Williams said.
However, citing the increase in cases, Williams says she supports the change.
“But the novelty is virtual. So I’m all for it,” Williams said.
Others outside the church weren’t so sure.
“Usually on the holidays we get closer, we hang out with our family, we hang out with our friends. It’s about being close and supporting each other,” Derrick Thomas said.
Some wish there was a hybrid model, so those who want company won’t feel so lonely on vacation.
“I think they should have some people in person – I think they should limit some of the capacity,” Oneal Thomas said.
The church posted on its Facebook page:
“The Omicron variant continues to spread and the infection rate in Georgia is increasing. After prayerful discernment and on the recommendations of our Ebenezer COVID-19 Task Force and the World Health Organization, we have decided to stop in-person worship services, effective immediately.
Please join us virtually for worship on Sundays at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. online on the Ebenezer website, Facebook, YouTube, and by phone.
As we have practiced throughout the pandemic, we continue to listen to the recommendations of scientists, to do all we can to keep our members, friends and loved ones safe, and to trust that God will continue to support us. accompany through this.
We are the people of God whether we are at Horizon or at home and for now, continue to gather in the virtual House of the Lord. Pray for all affected by this virus – for those who have experienced COVID firsthand or lost a loved one. Pray for those struggling under the weight of the pandemic. Pray for those who are unvaccinated and will not be moved to get vaccinated.
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us remember that even in the midst of the pandemic, we will remain people committed to embracing the hope, joy, peace and love of this season. God is with us — Emmanuel!”
“I think the longer we stay apart from each other, the more problems we will create right now,” Kwanza Thomas said.