PLAINS, Ga. – Now that former President Jimmy Carter and his wife have been vaccinated against COVID-19, they have returned to one of their favorite things: the church.
Maranatha Baptist Church in Small Plains of Georgia announced on its Facebook page on Wednesday that Carter, 96, and Rosaline Carter, 93, were again personally attending the worship. The couple has been in the sanctuary for the past two Sundays, Pastor Tony Loudon said in a video.
Jimmy Carter has not started teaching his Sunday School class, which once attracted thousands of visitors annually. But last Sunday’s service video showed both carters sitting in their customary places on the front puree and wearing face masks. The former president waved to the members, applauding his presence.
“They both had their shots,” Lowden told the pulpit. In a reminder to maintain a safe distance from the couple, Laudan said that if someone deals with them, another person or Secret Service agents, “because we are still practicing social disturbances.”
Once again with the Carters in the church, Maratha Baptist posted the rules, including mandatory face masks and temperature checks; Limited manufacturing capacity; Reservation and no photos. Before the epidemic, visitors usually gathered around the couple for pictures at the end of worship.
The Carters celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary in July last year and are the longest-married presidential couple in American history.