Two churches in Alta during Coronavirus

Friday, April 3, 2020

Like in most places, Alta churches have made adjustments to reach their members via phone calls, technology and prayer.

Summit Evangelical Free Church has suspended all worship services and activities until further notice due to Coronavirus, but resources for all ages are available.

“We’re posting pre-recorded church services online by 5:00 p.m. each Saturday,” Doug Corlew, Senior Pastor said. Additionally, the 20 group Bible studies that normally meet once each week now meet via Zoom or other technologies.

“Of course, it’s not quite the same,” he said. “It’s been challenging, and I think we view it as an opportunity to seek God and to learn what he’s telling us through this time, and to remind us of maintaining connection with each other.”

Church leaders make daily phone calls to encourage church families. “I think it’s an opportunity for continuing growth through the inconvenience and hardship we are facing. It’s reminding us of what’s important in life,” Corlew said.

Summit’s Associate Pastor of Student Ministries, Caleb Pipes, said the Jr. High and High School ministries have been moved online during this time. “We are meeting Sunday nights on a program called Discord which allows us to have time to hangout with live chatting, a message from the Bible, and small groups,” Pipes said.

Sara Anderson heads Summit’s children’s ministries. Corlew said she has provided online resources to continue with Sunday schools, and online activity pages are available for kids which are updated each week.

Another Alta church, Trinity Lutheran Church, has made adjustments of their own. “This is quite a unique time,” Rev. Denise Parrello said. “We are live-streaming our services at our regular time through our Facebook page (Trinity Lutheran Alta). We have a calling tree set up so that our members are contacted at least weekly to stay connected with each other. We are sending cards to those we love who are locked-in at care facilities.”

She and her church members have yet another solution to overcoming these times. “We are praying like crazy!” she said.