Churches, synagogues and other religious institutions have shuttered across the Mahoning Valley as the region mobilizes to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
Though religious institutions are not included in Ohio's ban on gatherings and stay-at-home order, most have voluntarily closed for services and some are now offering streaming services so people can worship from home. Gov. Mike DeWine appealed to churches again this weekend to avoid offering in-person services, as some continue to do so.
"We’re not going to tell you not to do it but it really is not a wise thing. ... It’s a very real risk not only to your members but to everyone else in the community," he said.
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• Believers Church, 2577 Schenley Ave NE, Warren, is hosting services on its Facebook page throughout the week. Sunday services will be at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.
• Boardman United Methodist Church, 6809 Market St., Boardman, is hosting services on its Facebook page.
Canfield United Methodist Church, 27 S. Broad St., Canfield, is posting its Sunday worship services at 10:30 a.m. on its Facebook page. The church also is planning to post its Maundy service at 7 p.m. Thursday (April 9).
• Champion Church of the Nazarene, 3924 High St. NW, Warren, is live streaming services here.
• Good Hope Lutheran Church, 98 Homestead Drive, Boardman, is live streaming its Wednesday Lenten services at 7 p.m. and Sunday services at 10 a.m. on its Facebook page. Links are posted on its Facebook page and website for those who can't participate during the live stream.
• Kinsman United Methodist Church, 8362 Main St., Kinsman, is hosting services on its Facebook page.
• Newton Falls First Church of God, 426 W. Broad St, Newton Falls, is live streaming on its Facebook page.
• Niles First Community Church of the Nazarene, 1822 Niles Vienna Road, Niles, is offering daily devotionals on its Facebook page.
• St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown, is hosting Sunday services on its Facebook page at 9 a.m.
• Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St., Youngstown, is hosting Sunday services on the Zoom meeting site.
• Greenford Christian Church, 11767 Lisbon Road, Greenford, is offering services on its Facebook page at 9 a.m. on Sunday.