OKC Metro Churches Making Changes To Christmas Eve Service Amid Pandemic

Thursday, December 24th 2020, 7:15 am
By: Erica Rankin

Christmas Eve services will look different from church to church this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some churches are only meeting online, but some like the First Baptist Church of Edmond are giving people the option to celebrate the season in person.

Besides live steaming their candlelight service they are giving people two options to attend in person.

One service at 4 p.m. will require masks.

The next is at 6 p.m. and masks will be optional for that service.

Senior Pastor Blake Gideon says they wanted to give everyone a chance to come but to also feel safe as they make things like social distancing and sanitation a top priority

"We are encouraging people to actually come and be a part of it. Many people haven't been coming to church. Many of them the Christmas Eve service is important. We want them to know that their safety and concerns we are taking to hear, said Pastor Gideon.

Another large metro church is also offering in person service. The Life.Church pastor of campus leadership sent us this statement saying in part – "the church is an important place of refuge – especially in the year 2020. For our service we will offer a sanitary, touchless environment that allows for physical distancing and exceed government recommendations for safety.”

Both church leaders said they want you to do what you feel best for your family, but they will be happy to open their doors and welcome you this coming evening.