Local churches hold first Sunday service without capacity limits


EL CAJON, Calif. — The state has lifted capacity limits on churches and places of worship, allowing them to fully open their doors for Sunday service. 

Churches across the county, including the Rock Church’s campuses, welcomed worshippers inside at full capacity, but they will still have public health guidelines in place.

“We’re open 100% and we’re so excited. It’s been 13 months — which I would have never imagined in my life to go 13 months without being in a building — but ministry has continued,” says Rock Church Senior Pastor Miles McPherson.

McPherson says while the church stopped indoor worship, it still offered church online and outdoors during the pandemic.

“Not only were we still doing church,” McPherson said, “we were still serving the community which is the most important thing. … Sometimes when you have hard times you think about self-preservation and we just said, ‘We got to keep helping the community.’ That was the most important thing. We didn’t want to forget who we are.”

The Rock Church held indoor services at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Sunday at several campus locations. The church asked worshippers to wear masks upon arrival, and temperature checks will be required.

“We’ll have all those guidelines,” McPherson said. “I think everybody has a different ‘pain threshold’ and different ‘fear threshold.’ We encourage people to wear their mask when they come in. When they get to their seat, it’s like a restaurant, you know, if you want to take your mask off. Social-distance, seat yourself away from people.”

McPherson said he is excited to welcome worshippers inside once again.

“Even though online church is very valuable and reaches a lot people, there’s nothing like being in the house of God with the family of God and that’s what I think will be a big blessing,” he told FOX 5.

The Rock Church is also still offering service outdoors for those who are not comfortable going inside.

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