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Boston Avenue United Methodist Church Closing To Protect Members From COVID-19

Posted at 6:19 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 19:19:47-04

TULSA, Okla. — Boston Avenue United Methodist Church is closing all facilities until April 14, which includes Easter Sunday's service on March 10.

The Senior Pastor David Wiggs told 2 Works for You they are a public building, but more so a community.

He says hundreds and thousands of people come to the church every Sunday, and throughout the week.

Boston Methodist hosts after school programs for kids, they give weekly tours, and have people from across the country visit regularly.

Wiggs says because of all the traffic, he doesn't know who is exposed and who is not.

“It’s really the people and the community. We are thinking about how can we keep everyone safe, how can we express our love for each other," Wiggs said. "The best way to do that is close the building so we are not encouraging large gatherings of people that could possibly spread it and not even know it.”

Wiggs also explained, a large portion of their congregation live in senior retirement communities.

He says because they are high risk, it's better they all be safe than sorry.

Last Sunday, Wiggs says they cautioned people to be careful, but it didn't help the church.

“Our people are so used to hugging each other, and shaking hands and patting each other on the back," Wiggs said. "All of that happened anyway.”

So, now they are taking the steps to ensure everyone is safe.

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