MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s been nearly a year since some churches in Shelby County shut their campuses down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In March 2020, Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church became one of the first churches in Memphis to close with the threat of a pandemic on the horizon.
Over the summer, many churches in Shelby County returned to in-person worship when Gov. Bill Lee lifted restrictions for places of worship.
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Mississippi Boulevard Pastor J. Lawrence Turner says he’s remained steadfast in his decision to keep his congregation safe.
“So we made the decision until we can see continual decline in the infection rate, as well as an increase in people getting the vaccine to reach that herd immunity, then we are going to remain virtual,” Turner said.
Churches across Memphis have played a big part in the fight to defeat COVID-19.
Turner says the role of the African American church is important in the distribution of the vaccine to as many people as possible in underserved communities.
“It is incumbent on the Black church to be a site to provide credible information to fight a lot of the myths that are out there,” Turner said.
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Turner says even though Mississippi Boulevard does not gather on Sunday, the church continues the everyday push to help surrounding communities.
“During this time, we understood there were a number of crises colliding all at once. You, of course, had the health crisis that caused an economic crisis,” Turner said.
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