When the winter weather turns severe, what happens to worship services?
The weather on Sunday (Jan. 5) prompted some local faith groups to cancel services.
The Missouri Department of Transportation had issued a “no travel advisory,” warning people that the wind and blowing snow could make visibility difficult.
Alive in Christ Lutheran Church, Memorial Baptist Church and First Baptist Church were among those that canceled their services because of the snow, ice and wind.
Meanwhile, some held services as usual. Sacred Heart Catholic Church still held mass, though attendance was low. Calvary Episcopal Church sent out a message to parishioners on Sunday morning saying there would still be services, for those who could get to church safely, but Sunday School and Children’s Chapel were canceled.
Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church canceled its 10:45 service but still held breakfast and hosted Loaves and Fishes, an evening meal ministry.
How does your faith community handle severe winter weather?
Is there a plan in place, so people know what to expect when winter weather hits? How do people find out whether there will be services? What’s the thought process behind the decision to cancel or continue?
We’d love to know what your experience has been – leave a comment below to share. Thanks, and stay warm out there!