‘Let’s care about others more than we care about ourselves’ | Local churches move services online to prevent spread of COVID-19

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — For Pastor Rodney Arnold, deciding to hold a virtual worship session on Sunday was a no-brainer.

“We have a responsibility to do our part to flatten the curve,” Arnold said. “If we really love our neighbor as ourselves and if we really care for the community… that’s the least that we could do.”

Arnold said OneLife Church in Knox County usually holds Sunday services at three locations.

But on Friday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee asked faith groups across the state to reconsider.

“Congregations and groups are urged to consider alternatives to traditional services by utilizing livestreams, pre-recorded messages and other electronic means,” Lee wrote. “We strongly discourage events of 250 people or more as an important step in limiting exposure to COVID-19.”

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