Grace City Church, a fast-growing Hillsong Family church in Lakeland, Florida, waded into the divisive issue of mask-wearing in Florida Sunday when it announced that it would ask members to wear masks after the church’s husband and wife team of lead pastors revealed they had been infected with the new coronavirus.


During an online service Sunday, the pastors of the church, Andrew Gard and his wife Christina, confirmed their “mild” infection with COVID-19. The confirmation came after they gathered for the first time in person since the lockdown began for a church prayer night on June 14.

Gard said he and his wife chose to get tested due to "some potential exposure."


In-person weekend services were scheduled to resume last weekend but as a result of their infection with the virus, the pastors said they were pausing that plan until July 12 when they would ask churchgoers to wear masks during services.


“We’re excited to come back and gather again and when we do come back, just want to encourage you we’re going to be creating as safe of an environment as possible. We probably are going to be asking people to wear masks. We’re going to be encouraging that, asking people to do that so that we don’t have to shut down once we open back up because three fourths of our staff get it or something like that,” Gard said.


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Posted by Azania Phillips Tuesday, June 30, 2020 2:29:00 PM


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