The COVID pandemic hit the country hard. Businesses have shut down, people have lost their jobs, and kids have been forced to attend school from home. Now that Christmas is here, churches across the nation are trying to find a way for people to celebrate and worship.
Holy leaders have had to be very creative. Some churches have started waitlists, with limited seating and social distancing rules. Others are holding extra services so that more people can attend.
Some churches cannot even open. The Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in D.C. has been closed since March. Christmas this year will be live-streamed, and Rev. William Lamar IV said the focus is charity and giving food and gifts for families in need.
The holiday is a time for choirs and music, especially in church. So how are churches managing?
As Mr. Hines, the church’s music director, said, “It’s like the Whos are all gathered around, and the Grinch is looking down and he can’t figure out why they’re still singing.”