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Local churches alter practices to prevent spread of COVID-19

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Local churches across Michiana are changing practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Holy Family Church in South Bend has removed the practice of drinking from the communion cup for a temporary amount of time.

Church members are also refraining from hand shaking and other close interactions.

First Baptist Church in South Bend has asked members to refrain from hugs and handshakes when greeting one another.

The church held a board meeting on Sunday and made the decision to follow the direction of state and county health officials.

“We are going listen to what our state and county health officials have to say as far as direction, and to just let people know that if they feel like it’s not safe and they think they need to stay home, then they should just stay home,” Pastor Diana Thompson said.

The preschool at First Baptist Church will follow state rules on closing procedures.

Members have also discussed alternative options to gathering if the church is forced to close for any amount of time.

“It’s not obviously our first choice. We’d rather be in the same place and be together, but we also recognize that we need to make sure that people stay as healthy as they can and safe,” Pastor Thompson said.

Pastor Thompson says the church would gather through Facebook live or other means, and while it is not ideal, the church will do what is necessary.

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