GOP lawmakers encourage local broadcast outlets to air Easter services

MILTON, W.Va. — Delegate Daniel Linville, R-Cabell, and members of the House and Senate Republican Caucuses today encouraged local radio and television stations to partner with area houses of worship to broadcast Easter Sunday services so people can worship and celebrate the holiday at home.   

“Easter is one of the most significant holidays for local Christians, and frequently brings multitudes out to houses of worship across our state,” Delegate Linville said. “However, the potential COVID-19 spread has closed most church buildings and forced many congregations to move their services online.”  

Delegates and Senators said that while many churches have been innovative in moving their services online, many West Virginians still lack the internet access or familiarity with social media platforms to connect with their local houses of worship.  

With local television and radio stations dealing with significant gaps in their weekend programming schedules due to the cancellation of sporting events, Delegates and Senators encouraged stations to fill those gaps with Easter Sunday services. 

“Many vulnerable members of our population can’t make it to every service, yet they still try to attend on Easter Sunday,” Delegate Linville said. “If our broadcasters can work with local ministers to record or take these services live, it can fill a need with our population and allow them to worship in their homes.  

“This would be a great way for our local media to help slow the spread of this virus by allowing our people to stay home yet remain connected to church services on Easter Sunday. This will further help us to ‘flatten the curve’ and ‘slow the spread’ of this pandemic.”  

Joining in this call were Delegates T. Kevan Bartlett, R-Kanawha; Roy Cooper, R-Summers; Jordan Hill, R-Nicholas; Joe Jeffries, R-Putnam; Larry Kump, R-Berkeley; Zack Maynard, R-Lincoln; Eric Porterfield, R-Mercer; Matthew Rohrbach, R-Cabell; and Terri Sypolt, R-Preston; and Senators Craig Blair, R-Berkeley; Donna Boley, R-Pleasants; Sue Cline, R-Wyoming; Mark Maynard, R-Wayne; Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson; Rollan Roberts, R-Raleigh; Eric Tarr, R-Putnam; and Ryan Weld, R-Brooke.