Churches move to keep congregations safe

Churches move to keep congregations safe
Posted at 5:35 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 19:35:58-04

BOISE, Idaho — Churches all over the country are also taking precautions to keep their staff and congregations safe. Many Catholic churches are changing their communion procedures, so that people are not drinking from the same cup.

On Wednesday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints said it will not allow members to attend its general conference set for early April.

Even though there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Idaho so far, Treasure Valley churches are taking similar steps. Several we spoke with are now streaming their services, so people can stay safe at home. Others are encouraging congregants not to shake hands or hug.

"I think its really important that the churches in the Treasure Valley continue to worship and gather together because the world needs hope at a time like this when there's a lot of fear," said Jim Sonnenburg, connections pastor at True Hope Church. "So I think it's just wise that we make adjustments to how we do that so we can continue to share the hope of God with those around us."

Other churches already have worse case scenario plans in place coronavirus cases show up in Idaho. They are also making sure their congregations are aware of the CDC recommendations.