The COVID-19 pandemic has had a large impact on Tulsa area churches and some have not met in person since the pandemic started, forcing many churches to think outside the box in order to hold their services.
It has been seven and a half months since the congregation at Yale Avenue Christian Church had a normal in-person church service. The church has been live-streaming its Sunday services during that time and they have had three parking lot services, where the members met while staying in their cars.
Minister Andy Campbell said they are planning on having an in-person service on November 22, but they are continuing to look at the COVID-19 case numbers to see if it can safely happen.
Campbell said, “This COVID fatigue is a very real thing and so, we long to be together in a community. That’s what the church does.”
According to Campbell, like most churches, the finances have taken a hit, but many members are still giving and they have used much of that money to help other local ministries.