The Coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect on churches across the nation, and the latest church delays and closings from WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio are testament to this. Many churches have had to make difficult decisions about how to best protect their congregations, and many have decided to close their doors for the time being.
In Ohio, WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio have reported that churches in the Dayton area have been affected by the pandemic. A number of churches have announced that they will postpone or cancel services until further notice. These include churches such as St. John’s Lutheran Church, which has suspended all in-person services until further notice; First Baptist Church of Dayton, which has suspended all in-person services until April 5th; and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, which has canceled all services until April 19th.
The decision to close or postpone services has not been taken lightly. Many churches have opted to move services online or via phone in order to continue to provide spiritual guidance to their congregations. Churches have also been providing online resources to help keep their members connected, such as online Bible studies, prayer requests, and other forms of spiritual guidance.
The decision to close or postpone services is a difficult one, but it is necessary in order to ensure the safety of church members. WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio will continue to provide updates on the latest church delays and closings in the Dayton area.
Churches in the Miami Valley area are closing this morning due to inclement weather. To stay informed on the latest closings and delays, individuals can access the information anytime, anywhere, and on any device, through five different ways. The School Watch Program is available to schools, churches, and businesses, free of charge, and can be accessed by clicking the link provided. This program is provided by Cox Media Group and will be available until 2023.