Joining the ever growing list of closures over the concern of the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, East Texas churches are rethinking holding services in the church sanctuary.

Several East Texas university and school districts have extended spring break for students and will be transitioning to online courses in an effort to help curb the spread of the virus among its students, area churches are making the ultimate decision to suspend services for the remainder of the month.

Marvin United Methodist Church in Tyler is among the first churches in the area to announce that they will not be hosting services this Sunday and opting for a live-stream service instead through the church's Facebook page. Live streaming of services will continue through the end of the month and then be reevaluated.

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