The pastor of a church in Las Vegas who had scheduled a live Easter service now says the church will only stream the service on YouTube.
Rev. Joseph Guy, senior pastor of the Open Arms Community Church, 2800 W. Sahara Ave., had scheduled a live service for Sunday. On Wednesday, he announced plans to stream the service online with just a handful of Church staff at the Shrine, and offered the public the opportunity to watch the service from their cars.
However, Governor Steve Sisolak announced a few hours later that car services and religious gatherings of 10 or more people were banned in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Guy said after Sisolak’s announcement that the church would now only broadcast the Sunday service live at 6 p.m. Three to five members of the Church will be in the sanctuary to do the streaming, and weekly services after Easter will also only be broadcast live.
“I think this is probably the best option for us,” said Guy, although it is definitely a huge disappointment for me not to be able to hold a live Easter service to mark the opening of the new church.
Guy said his goal was “to instill a sense of community on the greatest day in Church history.” He added that he had “a deep respect for Governor Sisolak” but called the cancellation of the live service “a tough pill for me to swallow”.
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