COVID-19 church

‘We have a responsibility’: Oliver, B.C., pastor issues emphatic plea to follow public health orders

Ken Clarke, a pastor at Valley Congregational Church in Oliver, said it is his personal conviction that one of the most loving, compassionate, and Christ-honoring actions we can take to protect one another is not to gather in large groups.

A religious leader in Oliver, B.C., said fear he’d lose his son to COVID-19 and the reality of the virus circulating in the community gave him unique insight into the peril caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Ken Clarke has been the pastor at the Valley Congregational Christian Church …

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More than 100 unmasked people gather at Wheatley, Ont., church for 2nd day in a row – London

More than 100 unmasked people gather at Wheatley, Ont., church for 2nd day in a row - London

Police in Chatham-Kent say officers once again had to shut down a large gathering at a Wheatley, Ont., church for the second day in a row. Officials said Sunday that more than 100 unmasked people gathered at the Old Colony Mennonite Church Saturday morning. A 50-year-old man took responsibility …

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Man facing charges after 100 people gathered at Wheatley, Ont., church: police – London

Man facing charges after 100 people gathered at Wheatley, Ont., church: police - London

Police in Chatham-Kent, Ont., say a man is facing charges after more than 100 people gathered at a church Saturday morning. Officials say around 11 a.m., police responded to a report of a large gathering at the Old Colony Mennonite Church in Wheatley. Once they arrived, officers saw more …

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Coronavirus: Aylmer, Ont., church holds third drive-in service despite police threats of fines – London

An aerial image captures a full parking lot at the Church of God in Aylmer, Ont., as drive-in church service takes place Sunday morning.

The Church of God in Aylmer, Ont., held its third drive-in service Sunday morning despite Aylmer Police Service’s threats of a “hefty” fine and roadblocks. Pastor Henry Hildebrandt told 980 CFPL Sunday afternoon the service “was actually very enjoyable.” READ MORE: Coronavirus: Drive-in church service in Aylmer, Ont., to proceed …

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Coronavirus: Drive-in church service in Aylmer, Ont., to proceed despite police threats of fines, roadblocks – London

Pastor Henry Hildebrandt

The pastor of the Church of God in Aylmer, Ont., says they’re expecting more than 250 people to attend their third drive-in service on Sunday — and possibly the police, too. Pastor Henry Hildebrandt spoke with 980 CFPL Saturday afternoon. He says the church refuses to step down and cancel …

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