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Numerous churches cancel public worship services

Numerous churches in the area canceled services Sunday, including at least two large downtown and the six campuses of Biltmore Church.

Here are some updates. (The list is by no means complete, as this is an evolving situation and not all churches update their websites or make announcements to the news media about closings and cancellations.) Several large churches said they plan to livestream Sunday services without public worship.

  • Biltmore Church: As the largest public weekly gathering in Western North Carolina, Biltmore Church feels a burden to protect the health and safety of the community we’re blessed to call home. In light of the increasing concerns about COVID-19 and based on the recommendations of government agencies and officials, we will not be having public worship services at any of our six Western North Carolina campuses this Sunday, March 15. Instead, we invite you to join us at 9:15 or 11 am on or on Biltmore Church Facebook page for a full online worship service.
  • First United Methodist Church, March 15 and March 22. Services are livestreamed.
  • First Baptist Church. Services are streamed on the church's Facebook page and broadcast on WHKP-1450 AM. The Rev. Steve Scoggins will preach a sermon entitled "Calm & Cautious."
  • First Presbyterian Church on Yarborough Street canceled Sunday services.

Visit church websites for updates and complete statements.