How churches are changing services in the Upstate
Many churches are cancelling normal services and adapting to social distancing as coronavirus worries spread.
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The Diocese of Charleston has cancelled all masses in the state. It is bringing updates and video of masses here.
United Methodist churches
The South Carolina United Methodist Conference has recommended that all in-person church activities be canceled. The international United Methodist Church has delayed its annual General Conference, which had been expected to take up issues that could have led to a schism in the denomination. The state's United Methodist bishop will be giving daily prayers on Facebook here.
The state's largest church, based in Anderson with campuses throughout South Carolina, is changing its website and social media outreach. The church is directing people to newspring.cc for live sermons from the homes of pastors and is using social media to interact with a more closed-off world.
The church led by pastor Perry Noble has gone to broadcasting videos and is collecting money and food donations for The LOT Project in Anderson. Their services and more information on their donation efforts can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/mysecondchancechurch/
The Greenville church led by Pastor John Gray has gone exclusively online for services and is also doing regular "drive-by blessings" to give food and other needed supplies to people.
Living Grace Baptist in Piedmont
The brand new church, which had its first service Sunday, is being hosted in a parking lot with speakers so people can hear and worship together while being separated. Updates here.
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A multi-campus church, Grace has done a blood drive and is seeking to bring attention to international ministries as well as directing members to campus-specific online groups for a sense of community.
The North Carolina-based church with multiple campuses, including in South Carolina, is posting daily videos from pastors, available here.
Piedmont United Methodist Church
The church live-streamed from a nearly-empty sanctuary last weekend and is offering drive-through prayers in its parking lot.
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Royal Baptist Church
The church has set up an emergency food pantry. More details here.
River of Life Church of God
The church on McDuffie Street has moved to online services but pastors are still active in reaching out to people.