Bethel Church joins many mega churches in shifting to online services amid growing concern about the new coronavirus pandemic. There will no longer be any services in their phyiscal campuses this weekend.
Bethel Church explained in a statement from the church Thursday that their decision was prompted by a request from local government officials in Shasta County seeking to manage community spread of the virus. "We invite everyone to join us for church online at www.bethel.tv streaming at 8:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, & 6:00 PM PST this Sunday, March 15.
Bethel continues to remain in close communication with Shasta County Public Health to be aware of their recommendations for Shasta County, especially as it pertains to church gatherings. Aaron Tesauro, Bethel Communications Director, had this to say of the changes to church services: 'We're thankful for technology that allows us to host church online and stay connected as a community during this time.'"
The church further noted that they were also asked by Shasta College to cancel their annual student basketball game that was scheduled for Saturday in the Shasta College gymnasium.
Earlier this week, Bethel canceled all student missions and ministry trips from March 10 through graduation day in May.
"Public health officials in Shasta County suggested that we cancel all trips not deemed as essential travel. We appreciate and deeply value the efforts of our government leaders to do the best they can to lead with wisdom, as well as the positive impact that science and the medical community have on all of our lives. The leadership of these groups benefit all of us and we want to cooperate with their efforts," Dann Farrelly, the Dean of BSSM, said of the decision.
Bethel Church in Redding, California, is a large local church that has grown in the last 15 years. About 11,500 people call Bethel their church home.