New Life to offer free COVID testing Sunday, June 28

Bishop Geoffrey Dudley

O’FALLON- New Life in Christ Church is teaming up with the State of Illinois to offer free COVID-19 drive-thru testing to Metro East residents this coming Sunday, June 28. In addition to the testing, New Life will also hold a special In-Car outdoor worship service on its parking lot. With social distancing and safety top of mind, this will be the first time New Life parishioners will gather since Illinois issued its shelter in place orders last March. Worship will not be held indoors, and masks are required for those attending service.

“Despite calls from the White House to limit testing for this unpredictable and deadly virus, we wanted to make sure our members and local residents, have access to this vital service,” said Bishop Geoffrey V. Dudley, Sr., New Life in Christ’s senior pastor. “We’re excited to support the state of Illinois in this community effort, especially since it appears that COVID-19 cases are beginning to rise again nationally.”

This is the first time the state has partnered with a house of worship to provide community-wide testing. On site drive-thru testing will take place following the church’s two services from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. or until the last person is served. 

Testing is free and open to anyone, including children, who must be accompanied by their parent, legal guardian or consenting adult. Those seeking a test will remain in their cars and drive through two designated check points to be swabbed. Participants with insurance should bring their cards with them, however insurance is not required to be tested.

New Life in Christ Interdenominational Church is located at 689 Scott Troy Road and testing will run from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 618-632-6542.