Local churches broadcast services online

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. Local churches in North Platte are doing their best to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control by encouraging their congregants to stay home and watch their services on social media.

Bethel Church in North Platte live streams their Sunday service on Facebook. (Source: Jace Barraclough)

The CDC has asked that people avoid gathering in groups larger than 10 as to avoid spreading the coronavirus.

"This is a learning curve for a lot of people who don't normally get onto Facebook. So, that's a new thing for a lot of us," said Bethel Church's Pastor Lynn Kent. "It's a total change of operation obviously. Not everybody is necessarily tech savvy."

Father Sagar of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church said the members of his church are having a hard time with the adjustment.

"They are heart broken. They just love to be around the church. They love to come for Sunday and Saturday weekend Masses," said Fr. Sagar.

Both church leaders said because it's new territory, they hope their congregations are understanding while they work out the bugs.

"Hopefully there's a lot of patience that's involved saying, 'Yeah, this is unprecedented for all of us trying to figure it out,'" Kent said.

Fr. Sagar is encouraging his members to take advantage of the extra time with their families.

"Pray more often, connect with your family, enjoy your family and we will come back one day," said Fr. Sagar.