Parishioners return to church in Memphis for first time since pandemic began – FOX13 News Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The pandemic is still causing a slow shift towards what some see as a new normal, and that included a church, hosting its first in-person service on Sunday for the first time in months.

The sound of jubilation once again filled the sanctuary inside the Christian Church on Mississippi Boulevard in Midtown as one by one, the parishioners of the church, returned for their first worship service in 20 months.

“It is an exhilarating feeling to be back near people to be in the same space that we love,” said Reverend Jason Lawrence Turner, pastor of the church.

The church was one of the very first in Memphis to close at the start of the pandemic, forcing hundreds of members to pray online.

On Sunday morning, there was a noticeable mirth as parishioners walked through the doors of the church, greeted by a mandatory mask requirement, temperature checks and a capacity limit of 300 people.

“Over 90% of our worshipers are vaccinated,” Turner said. “Now, children 5 and over have access to vaccines. “

Longtime member Tawanna Ferguson was one of those happy to be back.

“It’s good to be back in person,” said Ferguson. “It’s good to watch it from a video, but there is no such thing as being in the house of God.”

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