Green Country Churches Exercise Caution As In-Person Services Are Allowed


Sunday, May 3rd 2020, 6:43 pm
By: William Blanchette


TULSA, Okla. -

Since phase one of the state’s gradual re-opening of facilities is underway, Tulsa churches have been allowed to gather again.

First United Pentecostal Church Pastor Gregg Joki said despite what other churches are doing this Sunday, they were ready to get back together.

“Families are welcomed to sit together but others are going to be sitting six feet apart,” Joki said.

Joki said First United Pentecostal Church is following CDC guidelines.

“We roped out every other seating area for social distancing guidelines,” Joki said.

Staff members are also required to wear a mask and take everyone’s temperature before coming through the doors.

However, First Presbyterian Church has decided to continue not have service inside. 

“Congregations like to congregate and it’s hard to not be able to do that,” First Presbyterian Church Pastor James Miller said.

Miller said this is the eighth week since they haven’t gathered. He believes it’s still too soon.

“I’ve never done this (preaching to an empty church), really,” Miller said. “It reminds me how important energy is in listening and communicating.”

Miller said technology has worked well, but it still can’t beat human interaction.

The First United Pentecostal Church plans to continue live streaming on Sundays through their Facebook page for those who don’t feel comfortable gathering in person.