The staff at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church plans to keep holiday traditions going even though COVID-19 has forced them to make changes.
"We would have multiple different pageants and plays, lessons, and carols, and getting ready for the Christmas season," said Reverend Michael Bordelon.
While attempting to give the community a sense of normalcy during the holiday season, Reverend Michael Bordelon says the annual Christmas pageant put on by the little lamb mothers day out program will still go on. However, because of recent restrictions, the finale put on by the church won't.
"We used to be able to have a soloist sing, and for the time being, we had to roll back from that. We were kind of hoping that we could use that one soloist to sing the Christmas hems."
When it comes to midnight mass, Reverend Bordelon says it always brings a big crowd, which is why they're working on a plan that will ensure safety. Right now, church leaders are discussing making mass fully virtual.
"We could have a smaller choir present singing because there is not a congregation. With that, people can still tune in with a listen to all the Christmas carols and the hymns that help it make it feel like Christmas."
During the holiday season, the church is sticking to its mission.
"I think we're living in a place where we don't just want to cancel it. We can't cancel Christmas."