Oceanside church holds service despite state orders

Posted at 6:17 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 21:39:28-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — After weeks of not being able to hold service, a church in Oceanside decided it was time to bring worshippers together, despite local and state orders.

Nearly 120 people gathered for Sunday morning service in the parking lot of Rushing Wind Church.

“We set up the chairs outside. The people took the chairs themselves, and they put the chairs where they felt comfortable,” says Pastor Fred Zariczny.

The church held service despite the governor’s reopening orders. Churches are set to open in phase three.

Some believe the orders go against their constitutional rights, including Oceanside Councilmember Christopher Rodriguez.

"I’m actually working with four other Oceanside churches that plan on opening by May 31," says Rodriguez.

Monday afternoon, the county says it was unaware of the services, and any changes in gatherings will come from the state.

“I had not been aware of what has just been reported, but that type of information, if we know about it, we can take the appropriate steps in ensuring law enforcement is aware,” says Dr. Wilma Wooten, County of San Diego Public Health Officer.

There is no word yet if other churches in Oceanside have attempted to do this. When an Oceanside gym owner opened his facility for use, before the state allowed, the owner was arrested and given a fine.

“I don’t want to overthrow the government, I don’t want to do any of the above,” says Zariczny. “I am just trying to point out to the governor, to anyone that will listen, that churches are essential.”