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Union Baptist Church livestreaming its services

Union Baptist Church, Hayes, began livestreaming its services on March 15 because of the spread of the coronavirus.

“Before the virus got closer we had begun adjusting how we were going to do offerings and communion,” said Pastor Jared Berry. “When it came within a 30-mile radius, we decided to close the doors and take services online for the safety of our people.”

Union Baptist has faced many challenges since moving its services online. “First, there is helping elderly or non-technologically inclined church members to be able to participate and to stay connected,” Berry said. “I’ve had to task the deacons and others with the responsibility of calling our people and making sure we don’t leave anyone behind. I’ve also had to send mail outs to get the word out.”

Another issue that the church is facing is technology. “Our church hasn’t ever done a livestream before so there still is a lot of learning taking place,” said Berry. “I used to be a web developer part-time which was a ...

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