THOMASVILLE — Some Thomasville churches are cancelling Sunday services and reaching out electronically.

At First Methodist Church, Sunday services have been cancelled. The church's traditional broadcasting of Sunday services will continue at 11 a.m. on radio station WTUF at 106.3 FM.

Until regular services resume, the radio broadcast will consist of special messages from the church staff, music and a sermon by church pastor Rev. James Sapp.

Radio services and messages will continue for at least two weeks, said Tim Peck, First Methodist director of worship arts.

Sermons and messages will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube simultaneously with WTUF.

People with needs may contact the church.

First Baptist Church will not conduct regular church services until further notice, said Laura Coulter, First Baptist director of communications.

"We want to take care of our neighbor," Coulter said. "We want to be responsible and protect the community from the spread of the virus."

First Baptist Sunday services are broadcast on the church website, on channels 22 and 222 on CNS, and on channel 78 on Mediacom.

Sunday School leaders are checking on members who might be in need of help.

Rev. Terry Scott, pastor at Worldwide Ministries of Christ Church, said his church has been sanitized.

Sunday services at the church will be conducted as usual.

On Sunday morning before church, deacons will sanitize the church again. Those attending services will be seated far apart.

"With our small congregation, I'll be able to accommodate everyone I have with the space needed," Scott said..

Church members are checked on to see if they are in need. A church mission account has funds to help those in need, including the elderly.

"That's what we as leaders do to support the community as much as possible," the pastor said.

All Saints Episcopal Church Rector Paul Hancock said services for his church will be live-streamed.

"We have found that has been very successful," Hancock said. 

Two services will be live-streamed Sundays, as will two daily each weekday.

Hancock said more people are watching live-streamed services than attend regular services. However, he added, there is no way to gauge if those viewing watch to the end. 

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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