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Baltimore church continues to hold service despite church service being shut down last week

Posted at 11:30 AM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 22:47:53-04

BALTIMORE — A church continues to hold Sunday service after their church service was shutdown by police last Sunday and amid Gov. Larry Hogan's stay-at-home order.

WMAR-2 News reported on Friendship Baptist Church in Northeast Baltimore last week when Rev. Alvin Gwynn Sr. said there were ten people in the church on March 29 when police arrived.

“We had approximately 8-9 police officers show in five patrol right in the middle of my sermon believe it or not. My security stopped the police officers at the door of the church and told them they could not come into the church,” Rev. Gwynn Sr. said.

RELATED: Police shut down church service during Sunday service in Baltimore

He said he dismissed the church members and talked to the Sgt.

“I said why are you here. He said did you read the Governors Order? I said I know the Governor’s order. It says ten people or less, I have ten people or less and I have ten people so tell me why are you here,” Rev. Gwynn Sr. explained.

The police report states the pastor said he wouldn’t cancel any future services and he held true to his word as Friendship Baptist Church held service on Palm Sunday.

When we spoke to Rev. Gwynn Sr. last week he also said that all faith based organizations are in partnership with the CDC and homeland security during pandemics like this and that they are essential partners to the CDC.

You'll hear more on this story tonight at 6:30.