As the state slowly begins to reopen, local churches are following their own timeline to best determine when congregations can make their way back into the building for services.
With uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, some local churches have been forced to table international and domestic mission trips and find new ways to help others.
While most churches in the area are streaming services online or through radio broadcasts, some are finding ways to be together while maintaining social distancing guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
COVID-19 has pushed churches all over Loudon County to shut their doors to the public, but many leaders are doing what they can to keep the spirit alive in their congregations in a time where face-to-face interactions are limited.
Gospel hymns carried through Old Time Gospel Baptist Church’s sanctuary Friday as members finished a weeklong revival that the Rev. Junior Ward hopes got them ready to continue serving the Lord.
First Baptist Church in Lenoir City opened its doors to the community Saturday for the annual wild game supper and sportsmen’s banquet, a tradition that has been ongoing nearly two decades.
The Parkinson’s disease exercise group that meets at the Community Church at Tellico Village is built around support, growth and wellness by people who suffer from the disease.
Members of Faith Fellowship Cumberland Presbyterian Church early Saturday morning scooped home-cooked casseroles and sides into to-go boxes in preparation for the monthly senior mobile meal mission.
Although the temperature was cold, those standing outside near Loudon Cumberland Presbyterian Church were warmed by love Thursday and Friday as they gave drivers a glimpse at a unique nativity scene.
Members of Lenoir City’s Refuge Church at Pleasant Hill headed to Bledsoe, Ky., on Friday to spread the message of Jesus and provide gifts for students at Green Hills Elementary School.