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Back to church: With restrictions eased, local churches start to reopen

Weaver Congregational Holiness Church

Rudy Oniveros raises his hand in praise as the congregation sings at a "Freedom Service" at Weaver Congregational Holiness Church on Wednesday, after the state relaxed its restrictions on in-person gatherings. Photo by Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star

On Wednesday night, for the first in almost two months, the members of Weaver Congregational Holiness Church gathered in the sanctuary for worship. They called it a “Freedom Service.”

Only a handful of people attended. They sat far apart in every other pew. One man wore a mask and gloves. There was hand sanitizer at the door.

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