One local church celebrated Easter amid pandemic

Cornerstone Church offered both online and in-person services for Easter Sunday.

Posted: Apr 4, 2021 6:39 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2021 9:57 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)  You probably remember the Coronavirus lockdowns last year that forced most churches to cancel in-person Easter services.

This year, local church leaders are saying "What a difference a year makes."

Church leaders and members of Cornerstone Church in Tupelo said they felt comfortable attending services in person but were still being cautious.

"Oh my god, it is phenomenal,  I really enjoy being around people." Kayla Pendleton said. 

Last year, Pendleton's Easter celebration wasn't her normal celebration.

"At home on my couch, I didn't worry about having to do anything," Pendleton said. "I had on my loungewear and sat on the couch and watched Easter from home."

Fast forward to a year later, she was excited to celebrate Easter in person with her church family.

"I enjoy greeting people and seeing their faces and their smiles," Pendleton said. "And more importantly us all coming together to celebrate Easter."

Cornerstone church gathered together in person for more than six months while still offering online services. Executive pastor Michael Watkins said he just wants people to do whatever makes them comfortable.

"Doing it as safe as we can, letting everybody know that whatever you are comfortable with that's what we are comfortable with," Watkins said. "And it's just been an incredible time that we have been able to worship together."

As for Pendleton, she said she's still cautious of her surroundings but getting the Coronavirus shot made going out for worship much easier.

"I have been vaccinated so that really gave me a sense of peace and calmness about being around large crowds but I still practice social distancing every day," Pendleton said. 

State health leaders have more advice if you want to go to church than just getting fully vaccinated and staying six feet apart from those who don't live with you. Use hand sanitizer when you go in and wear a mask at all times -- even when singing.

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