Churches halt services to comply with social distancing

Area churches are suspending worship services during the COVID-19 pandemic, following the executive order issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Thursday which orders every person in Texas to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.

Some churches are offering either livestream, pre-recorded video, or other online worship services, including St. Philip’s Episcopal, First United Methodist, First Baptist,  Sacred Heart Catholic, Templo Cristiano and Trinity Lutheran.

St. Philip’s Episcopal

At St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, worship services will be streamed on Facebook at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday morning. The church is working to continue other activities, such as Sunday school, through Zoom, a videoconferencing application.

First United Methodist

Today’s First United Methodist Church services will be livestreamed on Facebook at 11 a.m. Services will continue to be held online as long as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises for social gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All mid-week activities including children’s choir, the Lord’s Supper meal, and youth as well as Chancel choir have been canceled.

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church worship resources for today will be posted on the church’s website,, under the “online worship” tab located on the website’s landing page. Worship resources will be posted every week. The church is also canceling all mid-week activities.

Sacred Heart Catholic

There have been several changes to daily operations at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, including the canceling of daily masses, Eucharistic Adoration, and funeral services.

The church remains open during the day, and they encourage visits to the Tabernacle.

Parishioners have the option to watch Catholic Television of San Antonio, and access its on-demand library, which features selected CTSA programs and series.

Templo Cristiano

At Templo Cristiano, worship services for today will be streamed online, via the church’s Facebook feed. Spanish services are slated for Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

The church will continue to hold mid-week activities, including functions with children, as scheduled.

Trinity Lutheran

At Trinity Lutheran Church, services will not be held in person but online worship will take place today at 10:30 a.m.via Trinity Lutheran’s Facebook page. The mid-week Lenten services will also be live streamed at 6 p.m.

The Bible study slated for 9:15 a.m. is canceled., 830-278-3335

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