Religious services in Spokane cautiously expand in time for Easter and other holidays. But is online worship here to stay?

In the era of COVID-19, the pews at Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene are perfectly aligned.

They stand 3 feet, 1 inch apart. Blocking off every other row offers just more than the 6 feet of recommended social distance between attendees.

Slowly and steadily since the COVID-19 lockdown struck the community by surprise last March, religious services have adapted to evolving guidelines while maintaining a strong sense of community – either face-to-face or online.

Places of worship are delicately balancing the needs of those pining for in-person connection after, in some cases, more than a year of quarantining, with the health risks of congregants who could still be

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