Maine church reverses course, will hold services outside instead of indoors

A church in Orrington is backing off plans to hold services inside on Sunday.Services at Calvary Chapel this weekend will be outside instead.Pastor Ken Graves wrote on the church Facebook page, “Based on the current limitations applied to big stores, we would only be able to legally allow 15 people inside the 10,000 square feet of our chapel. I am not standing to die on the hill of our building. I will gladly die on the hill of our right to gather in our LORD’S NAME.” The church plans to set up chairs and broadcast the service over the radio at 88.1 FM, allowing people to sit in their cars and listen as well.The announcement comes a day after Calvary Chapel filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Janet Mills, arguing that her “safer at home” executive order violates freedom of religion under the First Amendment. The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order.A federal judge was expected to hear the case Friday.

A church in Orrington is backing off plans to hold services inside on Sunday.

Services at Calvary Chapel this weekend will be outside instead.

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Pastor Ken Graves wrote on the church Facebook page, “Based on the current limitations applied to big stores, we would only be able to legally allow 15 people inside the 10,000 square feet of our chapel. I am not standing to die on the hill of our building. I will gladly die on the hill of our right to gather in our LORD’S NAME.”

The church plans to set up chairs and broadcast the service over the radio at 88.1 FM, allowing people to sit in their cars and listen as well.

The announcement comes a day after Calvary Chapel filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Janet Mills, arguing that her “safer at home” executive order violates freedom of religion under the First Amendment. The lawsuit seeks a temporary restraining order.

A federal judge was expected to hear the case Friday.