ORRINGTON- For the third week in a row, members of the Calvary Chapel in held in-person services.
In the beginning of May Calvary Chapel Pastor Ken Graves filed a federal lawsuit against Governor Janet Mills saying her executive order to ban in-person services was unconstitutional.
On May 10th, a federal judge ruled in favor of Governor Mills, however in a show of defiance Graves continued hosting in person services
“It is not the government’s role to prohibit anybody from going to church anymore than it is for the government’s role to make people go. It is in absolute violation of the constitution for the government to determine whether people go to church or not,” Graves said.
Currently the case is in the first circuit court of appeals.
“Now a decision in our favor would be wonderful and based on the constitution it should be in our favor. But a decision against us also provides us the opportunity to make our appeal to the supreme court and we’ll go all the way there,” he said.
The churches pastor also said there’s a big difference from a drive-in service or streaming it online compared to actually going in person
“Everybody’s just glad to see each-other it is very important for us to come together, we effect each other, spiritually for the better by our company,” Graves said.
Officially churches in the state are still only allowed to hold drive-in services only.
Graves said he plans to continue to have the in-persons services.