Local Black Churches Excited, But Cautious About Indoor Services

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mandate to shutter sanctuaries in the effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 is unconstitutional, according to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled on the matter last Friday.

This Is Pentecost Ministries pastor Tamara Bennett is embracing the various ways to host church — including indoor service this weekend. (photo by Russell Stiger, Jr.)

When Gov. Newsom first ordered churches to halt in-person worship in April 2020 sermons started streaming online and at times congregations took to parking lots instead of pews. For local pastors, reopening plans are mixed.

This Is Pentecost Ministries (TIP), led by Pastor Tamara Bennett, will be welcoming people back this week to its sanctuary in South Sacramento.
“This Sunday, 12 noon, we will have our first service,” Pastor Bennett said.
Services will be held every second, third and fourth Sunday.

“I hope to not have to shut them down again,” Pastor Bennett said.


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