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Some churches also cancel services due to health concerns for attendees

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 March 2020 at 8:40 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: The Rev. Richard Csizmar leads Mass at 5 p.m. today at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Albion. The church is continuing to offer Mass, but there will be no distribution of the cup and no reception of the Eucharist on the tongue.

Several local churches have announced they are cancelling services until further notice in response to concerns about the coronavirus.

The following churches have announced they are closed:

• Albion First Presbyterian. “All in-person worship and meetings are suspended until at least March 30 and will be re-evaluated at that time,” said Pastor Sue Thaine.

• Christ Episcopal Church in Albion will be closed for services for the next three weeks. The Community Kitchen at Christ Church will be open on Fridays but serving only to-go’s.

• Holley Presbyterian Church

• Gaines Carlton Community Church

• Kendall United Methodist Church

• Lyndonville Presbyterian have cancelled all services and events until further notice. The April Community Breakfast scheduled for April 4 at Lyndonville Presbyterian also is canceled.

• The Lyndonville United Methodist Church has cancelled its service for March 15.

• The Harvest Neighborhood of Presbyterian churches (Albion, Barre Center, Brockport, Holley, Lyndonville, Medina and Ogden) will be working to collaborate on live-streaming worship starting March 22 through a newly established Harvest Neighborhood Facebook page.

• One Church in Medina and Akron have closed their sanctuaries on March 15 to be “in compliance with the current governmental density reduction order.” The church will offer a online live opportunity for church at 10 a.m. Sunday on its Facebook page. (The governor is limiting public gatherings to 500 people or half the capacity of a public building.)

“Our encouragement is for you to gather in worship with your family, friends or neighbors,” One Church states on its Facebook page. “Sing along, engage with the message digitally and take notes on the YouVersion Bible app!”

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