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Santa Maria Foursquare Church prepares for second indoor service during pandemic

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The Santa Maria Foursquare Church just reopened its services inside last Sunday.

The state allowed placed of worship to operate indoors at 25 percent capacity after the US supreme court lifted the state's ban.

Pastor Tim Mossholder of Foursquare church says last week’s turnout exceeded their expectations.

"We can hold about 100 people inside and we had 91," says Mossholder.

Jazmin Perez says she was glad to go back to church indoors, "The live music, the lighting and everything ... it’s an amazing feeling."

While many are excited about returning to indoor services, Pastors here say they will likely continue indoor, outdoor and zoom services indefinitely.

Before COVID, we were really limited on our Sunday morning presence to just whoever we could get into these four walls. Now we’re no longer confined to just what we can do in this space ... we can go to whole world," says Mossholder.

With this expansion comes a set of new challenges like getting more volunteers to help with all three venues.

"Because there are three different places to monitor. We have indoors, outdoors and an online team to make this happen for sure," says Mossholder.

Churchgoers say they can't wait to go back this Sunday.

"It was incredible being able to worship all together. I could finally hear everybody worshiping with me. It was really really special," says worship pastor Kaelyn Mossholder.


California / Coronavirus / Lifestyle / Santa Maria - Lompoc - North County
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Patricia Martellotti

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