"We’ve got the cleanest church in the city": MA pastor again defies governor's orders, holds in-person service

by Jordyn Pair · May 7th, 2020 12:53 pm

The Adam Square Baptist Church in Worcester, Massachusetts, held an in-person service with more than 10 people on Wednesday, a third defiance of the governor's stay-at-home order.

At least 25 people were in attendance at the 7 p.m. service, although the exact number is unclear. Pastor Kristopher Casey confirmed it was more than 10.

Police delivered a $300 fine to the pastor on Monday. Fines for defying the order can run up to $500.

"I'm not worried about what fines will come in," Casey, adding that he does not believe he will have to pay the fines and that the governor will back down.

Casey said that the church was cleaned on Tuesday and will be cleaned again on Friday before a Sunday service. Congregants are required to wear a mask, gloves, and sit six feet apart.

"We've got the cleanest church in the city, in the state, in the northeast," Casey said.

Casey said they have had hundreds of phone calls from people showing their support.

"Whatever happens, happens. I'm not in charge of all that," Casey said. "I would just caution and urge the city and the state to reconsider. It's our constitutional right and I don't want to go the whole court route ... give us our due reward. Give us what we're asking for and make church essential."


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