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Judge Orders Church to Move Its Services from Outside of a Planned Parenthood Clinic

Judge Orders Church to Move Its Services from Outside of a Planned Parenthood Clinic The Church at Planned Parenthood, a church that meets right outside of Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, was ordered by a judge to relocate its services.According to The Christian Post, after the church was sued by Planned Parenthood... Read more

Churches Hit Home Run with Services in Ballparks, Stadiums as COVID-19 Cancels Sports

Churches Hit Home Run with Services in Ballparks, Stadiums as COVID-19 Cancels Sports SOUTH BEND, Ind. (RNS) It was sunny and 73 degrees, the perfect day for a baseball game.But thats not why the crowd filled the stands Sunday (Sept. 20) at Four Winds Field in South Bend, Indiana, home of the South Bend Cubs.They... Read more

NHS to launch review into gender identity services for children and young people

(Photo: NHS)The NHS is to launch an independent review of its services for children and young people suffering from gender dysphoria.  The review will be led by Dr Hilary Cass, former President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.  The NHS said the review would be "wide-ranging in scope" and seek to understand why... Read more

D.C.’s Ban on Indoor and Outdoor Church Services Sparks Suit from Prominent Congregation

D.C.'s Ban on Indoor and Outdoor Church Services Sparks Suit from Prominent Congregation A prominent Washington, D.C. church filed suit against the city and its mayor Tuesday, seeking to overturn a ban on mass gatherings that prohibits congregations from meeting not only indoors but also outdoors during the pandemic.The lawsuit by Capitol Hill Baptist Church... Read more

City Council Drops Charges against Pastor Fined $800 for Holding Church Services

City Council Drops Charges against Pastor Fined $800 for Holding Church Services In Niles, Illinois, Romanian pastor Daniel Chiu of Logos Baptist Ministries, has been fined $800 for holding indoor church services.According to The Christian Post, the city is claiming that Chiu violated an executive order from governor J.B. Pritzker restricting gatherings amid COVID-19.Initially, Chiu... Read more

John MacArthur says he’ll start prison ministry if he’s put in jail over church services

John MacArthur is refusing to bow to Covid church closure mandates.(Photo: Grace Community Church)Megachurch pastor John MacArthur has shrugged off threats of prison time over his refusal to comply with Covid church closure orders.  MacArthur told Fox News he had received a letter warning he faces up to six months in jail if Grace Community... Read more

John MacArthur Will Continue to Hold In-Church Services in Defiance of Local Guidelines | RELEVANT

California pastor and theologian John MacArthur took to Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle to make it clear that he plans to continue holding pandemic-era in-door church services in defiance of local restrictions, telling Laura Graham he is willing to go to jail over it after a Los Angeles County judge upheld local health guidelines prohibiting... Read more

Calif. Church That Faced Fines Moves to Outdoor Services: ‘I Do Not Want to See People Lost on My Watch

Calif. Church That Faced Fines Moves to Outdoor Services: 'I Do Not Want to See People Lost on My Watch A California megachurch that defied its countys health restrictions and held indoor services has changed course and is now holding outdoor services in its parking lot.North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, Calif, had tallied more... Read more

Court bans Pastor John MacArthur from holding indoor services

John MacArthur has vowed to resist California's lockdown orders on churches(Photo: Grace Community ChurchAn injunction has been issued against John MacArthur and his California church preventing them from holding indoor worship services for now.  It is the latest twist in a longrunning dispute between Grace Community Church and Los Angeles County over the former's refusal... Read more

Switch to online church hasn’t persuaded people to abandon in-person services

(Photo: Unsplash/Thays Orrico)Most Catholics in the UK turned to online church during Covid-19, but very few want to make the switch permanent, a study has found.  The vast majority (93%) of the 2,500 respondents had attended an online church service during lockdown, although researchers said this high figure was likely down to the online survey... Read more

No change to guidance on church services as Government restricts social gatherings

(Photo: Facebook/Church of England)Tough new measures are being introduced by the Government in an effort to limit a second wave of coronavirus but for now at least, they will not affect church services.  The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, said the Church of England had received confirmation from the Government that churches... Read more

‘We Are Not Closing,’ Pastor Declares after County Fines Church $52,750 for Worship Services

'We Are Not Closing,' Pastor Declares after County Fines Church $52,750 for Worship Services The pastor of a large California church said Tuesday his congregation will not stop meeting for indoor worship despite fines from the county that have topped $50,000.Jack Trieber, pastor of North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, Calif., said in a... Read more

Churches in Ireland recommend face masks at services

(Photo: Unsplash/Aaron Burden)Churches in Ireland are asking people who attend services in person to wear face masks. In a joint statement, they say that although there is no official mandate to wear face masks on the island, churches have a "responsibility" to make services "safe places" for all who attend.  Face masks are "one way"... Read more

Most people are looking forward to a return to in-person church services – poll

PexelsMost Christians have been content to attend church digitally during the pandemic but Pew research finds that they are also eager to get back into the pews.  The poll of 10,211 US adults, conducted between 13 and 19 July, found that a third had watched a religious service online or on TV in the past... Read more

Court sides with John MacArthur over church services

John MacArthur has been defiant in the face of California's lockdown orders on churches(Photo: Grace Community ChurchJohn MacArthur's church has been told it can hold indoor worship with singing and no limit on the number of people attending. In-person services have continued to take place at MacArthur's Grace Community Church in defiance of California's lockdown... Read more

A Bunch of Good Reasons To Saturate Your Worship Services in the Bible – Tim Challies

A short time ago I compared certain evangelical churches to a meatless, cheeseless, crustless pizza. Just like removing too many elements of a pizza will call into doubt whether something still qualifies as pizza at all, removing too many elements of worship should call into doubt whether something still qualifies as a worship service. A... Read more

Black and Hispanic Churchgoers Concerned About Safety of In-Person Services

The Story: A new survey finds significant racial and ethnic differences in the perceived safety of attending religious services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Background: According the survey conducted by Pew Research in mid-July, nearly three-quarters of white adults (72 percent) who report they regularly attend religious services say they are very or somewhat confident... Read more

Trump’s Personal Attorney to Represent John MacArthur amid Threats of Fines, Arrest for Holding Indoor Services

Trump's Personal Attorney to Represent John MacArthur amid Threats of Fines, Arrest for Holding Indoor Services Two well-known attorneys have announced that they will be representing Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church as special counsel.MacArthur, who has led the California-based church for 51 years, recently defied Gov. Gavin Newsoms ban on indoor... Read more

Pastor John MacArthur Could Face Fines, Be Arrested for Holding In-Person Church Services amid COVID-19

Pastor John MacArthur Could Face Fines, Be Arrested for Holding In-Person Church Services amid COVID-19 John MacArthurs California church is facing possible fines from the county if the church keeps hosting in-person services.According to The Christian Post, MacArthurs Grace Community Church is reopening despite lockdown orders from Gov. Gavin Newsom.We will obey God... Read more

Pastor Andy Stanley’s megachurch cancels in-person services until 2021 due to coronavirus

Megachurch Pastor Andy Stanley is seen in this file photo.North Point Community ChurchMegachurch Pastor Andy Stanley of North Point Community Church in Georgia has announced that live in-person services will be suspended for the rest of the year. Pastor Stanley explained that the decision had been made because the church could not guarantee the safety... Read more

Church services resume in Scotland, but with no more than 50 people

(Photo: Unsplash/Kirsten Drew)Churches in Scotland can resume congregational worship, baptisms and christenings from today but attendance is capped at 50 people, subject to social distancing of 2m.  Weddings can also be held in churches again but these are capped at 20 people.  "No place of worship should admit more than 50 people at any one... Read more

A third of practising Christians haven’t watched online services during pandemic

(Photo: Unsplash/Tyler Callahan)A third of practising Christians haven't tuned in to online services during the coronavirus pandemic, new research by Barna reveals.  Broken down by age, the survey - of adult American Christians - discovered that half of practising Millennials hadn't attended church in the last four weeks.  They were far more likely to skip... Read more

U.S. Navy Clarifies Policy, Will Allow Personnel to Attend In-Person Church Services

U.S. Navy Clarifies Policy, Will Allow Personnel to Attend In-Person Church Services The U.S. Navy is allowing personnel to attend in-person indoor worship services after criticism from some Congress members.According to The Christian Post, The clarification to the order comes after the First Liberty Institute voiced concern that a June 24 order would... Read more

Does American Patriotism Have a Place in Worship Services?

The Story: A majority of pastors believe its important to incorporate patriotic elements in worship services during July Fourth weekend. Yet a majority also believe their congregation sometimes seems to love America more than God. The Background: A survey by LifeWay Research finds that six in 10 Protestant pastors (61 percent) say its important for... Read more

Government sets out guidance for resumption of church services

(Photo: Unsplash/David Beale)The Government has set out the precautions that churches need to take when they re-open for public worship from 4 July.  Guidance published on Monday includes a number of restrictions on worship, with churches told to avoid singing and using instruments that need to be blown into, although the organ is permitted. Churches... Read more

Survey: Most Americans Aren’t Comfortable Going Back to Religious Services

Survey: Most Americans Aren't Comfortable Going Back to Religious Services (RNS) A new study examining Americans response to COVID-19 shows that with the exception of white evangelicals, a majority of Americans are not comfortable returning to in-person religious services.The results of the survey suggest that despite political pressure to reopen houses of worship... Read more

Most Churches Have Chosen Not to Return to In-Person Services, Survey Finds

Most Churches Have Chosen Not to Return to In-Person Services, Survey Finds  A new survey says that most churches have not returned to in-person services, and many are uncertain about the future of worship gatherings.The survey is from the Wheaton Billy Graham Centers Send Institute, Exponential, and the Association of Related Churches. Some 767... Read more

McConnell Blasts Dems for ‘Double Standard’ of Allowing Protests, Banning Church Services

McConnell Blasts Dems for 'Double Standard' of Allowing Protests, Banning Church Services Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday applauded the nationwide protests against racial injustice while criticizing Democratic leaders for a double standard that has kept churches in some areas closed.I have no criticism for the millions of Americans who peacefully demonstrated... Read more

Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Pandemic Restriction on Church Services

The Story: The Supreme Court recently rejected a challenge to a California pandemic policy restricting occupancy in churches to 25 percent of building capacity or no more than 100 attendees. The Background: South Bay United Pentecostal Church and their senior pastor, Bishop Arthur Hodges III, sought an injunction to prevent enforcement against them of various... Read more

Not all churchgoers have been faithfully tuning into services during the pandemic

Churches have moved their services online during the pandemic, but their flocks are not always tuning in, research has found(Photo: Unsplash/Oleg Magni)Nearly half of churchgoers haven't watched an online service in the last four weeks, and among those who have, only 40% say they've been watching services from their regular home church, according to recent... Read more