BY BRIAN HAMILTON
Local church services were back in session for most on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Most pastors can recall their last church service before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and all church services were cancelled in mid-March.
“It was March 15th and actually some bigger churches in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa already didn’t have services,” Aliceville First Baptist pastor Charlie Wilson said. “In the back of my mind, I knew something was going to come up because I actually had called for a planned Deacon’s meeting that Sunday afternoon, just not really knowing what we were going to do. What happened was, at that time, the numbers that the CDC was suggesting was still 200 (limit on gatherings), so we knew we were ok. After the meeting, we had church that night, but after the service I had like three texts from the Deacons saying ‘Have you heard what the CDC said?’ That’s when they dropped it down to 50 and I thought ‘Well, we won’t be having church next Sunday.’”
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