• 54°

At Outreach Christian Ministries, service continues on

By Liz Moomey

liz.moomey@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Senior pastor Bradley Taylor of Outreach Christian Ministries International wanted to be proactive when it came to his Sunday church service.

With the winter weather coming, he decided to move the service to Saturday.

“Safety is the number one priority here,” Taylor said. “I know that folks look forward to Sunday worship and mix that and be proactive. A lot of times we are reactive in situations like this and it’s harder on folks when we’re last minute because of the logistic of trying to figure out how to get there or decide whether to come or not to come. I was thinking why not just get in front of it and that way we can have a great worship experience and then folks can be home with their families and really be safe and really enjoy each other while we wait the storm out.”

Taylor said this is the first time his church has changed the day of the service, typically opting for a Facebook Live service if there is inclement weather.

“I’ve done a Facebook Live service during inclement weather where I just talked online and folks had great response from that,” he said. “That would’ve been my go-to if we were to plan a Sunday service and couldn’t have service. But there are some folks that like the feeling of being here, the experience, the atmosphere and so I thought why not do it.”

He said there isn’t much preparation needed to be done with losing a day of planning. Taylor has a conference call with the ministry to coordinate on Friday, which is when they make sure they have their last minute logistics in order.

Besides the change in day, Taylor said the service will be an express structure.

“We’ll do our express structure, so we can get folks out earlier, get them safe in their homes and prepare for the storms,” he said.

Having a service on Saturday may drive newcomers, Taylor said.

“Folks are saying ‘pastor that’s a great idea, this is wonderful, it makes perfect sense to me,’” Taylor said. “They’ve got behind it so far. It also opens the door for other folks who want to have a worship experience and maybe their church is closing or too far to drive and they just don’t know if they’re going to make it out and this is an opportunity for folks to come together and worship and get that time in on the weekend that we are used to.”

He has been getting the word out through text, email and social media.

With no service on Sunday, Taylor said he plans on enjoying his time with his family, which includes three boys, and watch football.

“It might be nice to actually watch football from the beginning,” he said. “I never get a chance to do that.”

Outreach Christian Ministries International is on 722 West Horah Street in Salisbury. Their service will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

  

Comments

Local

County manager outlines projections for the upcoming fiscal year budget, suggests uses for stimulus money

Business

Miami-based Browns Athletic Apparel opens second screen printing location in Salisbury

News

At funeral, fallen Watauga deputies remembered as ‘heroes’

Coronavirus

COVID-19 cluster identified at Granite Quarry Elementary

Coronavirus

More than half of North Carolinians have now taken at least one vaccine shot

Local

City hopes to cover expenses in 2021-22 budget with surplus revenue generated this year

Local

Fallen tree proves to be a blessing for local nonprofit Happy Roots

Local

Quotes of the week

Coronavirus

Health department drops quarantine time from 14 to 10 days

High School

High school football: Hornets pour it on in second half to claim state championship game

Crime

Blotter: More than $100,000 in property reported stolen from Old Beatty Ford Road site

Local

City fights invasive beetles by injecting trees with insecticide

Local

City names downtown recipients for federal Parks Service grant

China Grove

China Grove Town Council weighs 2021-22 budget priorities, supports buying body cameras

Education

Educators reflect on Teacher Appreciation Week

Education

Livingstone College wins $30,000 Home Depot grant

Education

Shoutouts

News

Shield-A-Badge With Prayer program enters 26th year, accepting volunteers to pair with officers

Education

COVID-19 infection, quarantine numbers in Rowan-Salisbury Schools reach new highs

High School

High school football: Offensive line came together for Hornets, who play for state title tonight

Local

Pro baseball: White makes pro debut and says, ‘It felt amazing to be out there’

Education

West Rowan Middle eighth grader wins investment writing contest

Local

YSUP Rowan invites agencies to participate in youth-focused training

Nation/World

US backs waiving intellectual property rules on vaccines