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Asylum Hill Congregational Church parishioners listen to Pastor Jordan Rebholz during an evening service on July 23. AHCC started offering Thursday night outdoor services in response to the church being closed since Connecticut began social distancing for COVID-19. “People are hungry and thirsty to be with their faith community,” says Thompson.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Along Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, electronic road signs were programmed to read: CANCELED SATURATE OC.

But the evangelical worship event took place on the sand near Lifeguard Tower 20 for the fourth Friday in a row, despite warnings that it was violating public health orders and permitting rules, officials said. Its organizers estimate as many as 1,800 people attended for nearly two hours of musical performances, baptisms and prayers.

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