Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said in a statement Friday he will not interfere with church services during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“I have been asked by many recently about where I stand when it comes to our churches being able to hold services,” said Fields. “I believe with all my heart that with what we are facing in this world today, we need God in our lives now more than ever. As such, it is my personal belief that our people should be able to assemble and worship in the house of the Lord whenever they wish. Neither I nor any member of the Moore County Sheriff’s Office will interfere with or attempt to disrupt any worship service in this county. I pray that God will continue to bless us all.”
Sheriffs in Harnett, Lee, Johnston and Halifax counties have also sent out statements that they will not interfere.
Churches are expected to be released from the phase 1 lockdown, going into phase 2 on May 22 or soon after.
Written by Sandhills Sentinel Intern Stephanie Sellers.
Feature photo: Late afternoon light shines through the stained glassed windows of the Page Memorial United Methodist Church in Aberdeen ~ Sandhills Sentinel Photographer John Patota.