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Vernon AME Pastor Staying Vigilant to Keep His Congregation Safe

Posted at 9:36 PM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 00:01:06-04

TULSA, Okla. — With the first case of the Corona Virus confirmed in Tulsa County, we reached out to Tulsa's church communities to see how they are preparing.

We spoke to a pastor about what he does to help keep his congregation clean and alert.

Robert Turner, the pastor of Historic Vernon AME Church, tells us, “we are just being vigilant and we have always been a very cautious congregation with an elderly population and a very young population.”

After greeting the congregation he now washes his hands and face to kill any germs or bacteria he may have come in contact with.

Pastor Turner says the congregation plans to start spraying door knobs and disinfecting the sanctuary.

"Just trying to do all the little things that can add up to prevent the spread of anything", Turner says, "not just the spread of the corona virus but the flu, common cold, stream, whatever. I don’t want that to be passed on.”

Lisa Wolfe has been attending Vernon AME for twenty years, she says she has little concern about her or her children catching the virus.

“I am not worried for my kids in particular because I have had a conversation with them to always wash their hands, always cover your cough when you sneeze, and just self care and take care of yourself", Wolfe says.

As a special education teacher at McClain High School, she says she's more worried about the spread of germs in the classroom.

Pastor Turner says he's not worried, and says he tries not to walk in fear, “I really believe whatever happens God will take care of me and us.”

Pastor Turner says he did notice a lower attendance than normal on a Sunday, but he has faith everyone is okay.

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