Following months of conducting conference calls because of the pandemic, New St. James Sr. Pastor Rev. Cortez Stegall has announced that in-person worship service will resume on Sunday, April 4, 2021 – Easter Sunday.
Pastor Stegall made the announcement during the March 7 Sunday Morning Conference Call. He said that Sunday School will start at 10 A.M., followed by regular service at 11 A.M. Pastor Stegall has also said that choirs will not sing. Instead, soloists will be singing until further notice.
Mask are required and temperature checks will be done at the door. Pastor Stegall said if a person doesn’t have a mask, they will be provided one.
The Pastor said that he’s also looking for volunteers to come out on Saturday, April 3 to help clean and sanitize the church for worship.
Members who do not feel comfortable with attending service in-person, Pastor Stegall said that work is being done to also have service continue to be broadcast on the church’s website through a video live stream. Details on that will be announced on a later date, but Pastor Stegall is asking for volunteers to help set up and run the broadcasts.
Pastor Stegall also encouraged members to get vaccinated for the coronavirus. A full list of places administering the vaccine can be found on the Arkansas Department of Health website here. You may have to schedule the appointment before visiting the vaccination location.
Keeping It Real Ministries has also been fellowshipping with the church on the conference calls. Rev. Randy Smith, Pastor of Keeping It Real Ministries, said their congregation will continue conducting service on the conference call until further notice.
New St. James members with questions are encouraged to call Pastor Stegall.
Update 3/21/21: Church leadership are eligible in the State of Arkansas to receive the coronavirus vaccine. A full list of other qualified categories of people eligible to get the vaccine can be found here on the Department of Health’s website.