Eau Claire (WQOW) - With a green light from both local and federal authorities, one local church is preparing to open this week.
Starting Wednesday evening, New Beginnings Church in Eau Claire will open its doors for in-person services.
Pastor Russ Atter said the church has enough space to arrange seats so everyone is six feet apart, and staff will hold doors to limit the surfaces everyone is touching.
Atter isn't requiring anyone to wear a mask but says parishioners are welcome to wear them.
Atter said he's been eager to see his congregation in person for months and believes faith services are essential, especially now, when people may need a shoulder to lean on.
"A lot of our people seem to excel a little bit, because they learn that their relationship with God was really important between them and God, and the church adds to that," said Atter. "And those that really haven't built that foundation, that really needed the church to build that for them, those are the ones that seem to struggle a little bit more."
Atter has been giving online sermons during the pandemic, and plans to continue them so he can serve those who aren't ready to meet in person yet.