Churches take congregations to creative levels

COVID-19 seclusion inspires new outreach


March 23, 2020

P.J. Glisson/Daily Globe

PERFORMING SUNDAY just prior to a "prayer parade" from Cornerstone Church in Ramsay is Denise Haas, also known as "Big D," as Pastor Todd Winkler, left, provides back-up spirit. After the music, members of the church lined up in cars on Main Street, next to Ramsay Memorial Park, and accepted assignments to drive to various locations throughout the Gogebic Range to pray in the midst of coronavirus warnings.


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Fears of COVID-19, a strain of coronavirus that has resulted in new national and state precautions, have changed the nature of American society, resulting in a largely virtual world where human interaction occurs most safely online.

That includes churches, despite their longstanding role as places known to encourage community gathering for worship, religious learning and social support.

Although, for decades, larger small-town churches of various denominations have offered radio broadcasting of services, that convenience was aimed mainly at shut-ins,...

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