Sunday Church Services Dependent on Weather

By Linda Ong |

Published 03/01 2014 08:18PM

Updated 03/01 2014 10:26PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Every Sunday morning, Reverend Kenneth Chumbley leads his congregation.

"We have anywhere from 250 to 300 people worshiping with us Sunday mornings here at Christ Church," said Chumbley.

But the winter storm may call for a change of plans at many churches here in the Ozarks.

"We follow the weather forecast very carefully. We try to gather as much accurate info as we can. Our primary concern of course always is the welfare and safety of our parishioners," he said.

Ice, sleet, snow, and high winds will all play a part in this decision. But severe winter weather is no stranger to church leaders in the region.

"We have a plan-- it's a very comprehensive plan," he said. "We will alert parishioners over Facebook, over our website or on our website."

Other alerts will be made through email, robotic calls, and an update on the church's voicemail.

"It gives us great reach. It enables us to communicate with many people in the parish we would otherwise not be able to communicate with," he said. "Even so, we will still will miss a person or two."

If services are cancelled tomorrow, many parishioners said have a back up plan.

"Well I'll probably do some prayer at home, but then probably an extra cup of coffee, maybe a stack of pancakes. Who knows?" said Mary Christiano, a parishioner at Christ Episcopal Church.

"I'm just hoping and praying for good weather tomorrow," said Chumbley.

"I'm hoping it's not an ice storm, like we had in '07," said Christiano. "But if it's just a little sleet and snow, we'll be able to handle that okay."

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