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Church of California holds internal services amid coronavirus pandemic, opposing restrictive order



A pastor in California objected to an emergency temporary restraining order issued Friday in which he was told to refrain from holding extra indoor worship, CBS Los Angeles reports. Pastor Rob McCoy of Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park held internal services Sunday in defiance of Friday’s order and other health orders aimed at slowing down and preventing proliferation of COVID-19.

On Friday, Ventura County High Court Judge Matthew Guasco issued a restraining order, which requires Godspeak to shut down its internal services and move its congregation out, and requires congregants to wear masks and social distance .

Ventura County moved to get the temporary restraining order because McCoy said he would not stop holding services indoors, as he thinks worship is essential.

McCoy first reopened his church Sunday in Palm with social distances, allowing members to take communion with long, visible lines.

In late June, the church opened to domestic services, as did others across the state, but Godspeak refused to ban domestic services even after Governor Newsom issued a banning large gatherings last month.

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Pastor Rob McCoy is seen in a view from a video posted by Godspeak Calvary Chapel.

Godspeak Calvary Chapel


McCoy posted an update on Saturday, indicating the church would be open, but warned those who wanted to attend could be quoted. According to McCoy, the restrictive order provides the first 1,000 people to arrive for services may receive quotes.

Police were on stage as services were held inside. Nearly 100-150 people gathered to protest and support the pastor’s decision, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. No arrests were made outside and it is unclear whether McCoy or any congregant was quoted at the time.

The court hearing regarding the detention order is scheduled for August 31.


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