CHICO, Calif. - Gov. Gavin Newsom's most recent order states that counties on the watch list are not allowed to hold indoor worship services. Action News Now found out how one house of worship is getting creative.
Grace Community Church is adapting to the guidelines by having outdoor service.
“The church is people, it's not a building and it’s not a service,” said the senior pastor at Grace Community Church, Bryan Myers.
Myers transformed the outside of Grace Community Church into a socially distanced worship area.
“We bought tables and chairs just for the sake of ensuring that we had social distancing outside so people can worship freely to honor the guidelines that were given to us,” said Myers. “It has a natural feel that creates a worshipful space but at the same time honors all the principles of the guidelines.”
Grace Community Church also broadcasts online.
“We estimate that we have 250 to 300 people that are gathering in their own ways, we have a larger online audience, we don’t know they are and one day we look forward when we have services inside our spaces well see new people that we reached,” said Myers.
Myers said they are asking people to wear masks but understand not everyone can.
“We couldn’t have indoor seating it really affected how people worshiped, we do understand their concerns but our space is very large and the facility could have accommodated things but we really just embraced the change,” said Myers. “We do believe the best in the government, and we want to honor them but also provide a place for our people of worship in a corporate way,” said Myers.
He said he hopes the online streaming has brought new faces as well.
Myers said they are going to continue outdoor service until the government approves indoor seating again.