Although Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s Safe Start Plan allows churches to hold in-person meetings at 50% capacity, many local churches, including Quincy First Assembly, are not going to hold in-person meetings just yet.
Kathy Jingling, pastor at Quincy First assembly, said that COVID-19 forcing them to hold online meetings has been a happy result. Since March, they have held services on Facebook live. The online meetings have allowed for flexibility and safety for their congregation.
Jingling said at least a third of the congregation is vulnerable or family members of a vulnerable person, and that holding in-person services is not worth dividing the people that would be able to attend.
Some other ways they have adjusted to social distancing is that they have held what they call “Chick Chat” for women on Zoom after the regular church service on Facebook. It has allowed the women in the congregation to stay connected and express their feelings, Jingling said. They have also done a drive-by baby shower and drive-by wedding shower for a couple due to be married soon.
Quincy First Assembly is preparing for the transition to in-person services by putting a plexiglass shield on the pulpit and they will recommend face coverings for the congregation. Jingling said that nothing will be held in person until at least July. At the end of June, they will review and make a decision on whether or not to continue online, she added.