The Rev. Dana Allen Walsh, pastor of South Church in Andover, asked her parishioners to forego coming to church on Sunday.

But she encouraged them to attend from home.

In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, Walsh led a livestream worship service Sunday from the Central Street church.

Parishioners were asked to stay home and watch the service on their computers and phones.

"This is not a decision that our pastors, moderator,and church council have taken lightly," according to a statement from Walsh on the church website.

"Rather, it is a sacrifice that we make, an act of love for the most vulnerable within and around our church community. It is not an act of panic, but a proactive decision based on awareness, compassion and the hope of prevention." 

— Mike Springer

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