OAKLAND, Maine (AP) — A large gathering over the weekend at a church has the “potential to be a superspreader” event, the town manager says.

Deputy Police Chief Rick Stubbert said the church's senior pastor, the Rev. Jamie Dickson, indicated the event at the Kingdom Life Church grew larger than planned.

A crowd packed the church Saturday night for “Worship Night,” featuring a worship leader from California. The event is believed to have far exceeded the state's limit of 50 people at an indoors gatherings because of the pandemic.

Stubbert said the parking lot of the church appeared to be full Friday and Saturday, and there were “a lot of out-of-state plates coming and going.”

“Obviously, this has the potential of being a superspreader, so we’re trying to figure out exactly what to do and how to move forward,” Town Manager Gary Bowman told the Morning Sentinel.

The church canceled an indoor conference that was originally planned for this past weekend because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, the church wrote on Facebook that it would be holding a “worship night” with a livestream option, and the church seemed to acknowledge the event could be controversial. “Please avoid posting this online as you want to be very sensitive to COVID policies and general community concern for larger gatherings," the church wrote.

“This is my first time leading worship in a church in probably four to five months,” Sean Feucht, the worship leader, said during the livestream.

He told the gathering he had been in Washington, D.C, with 100,000 people earlier in the day.

Dickson, the pastor, told the newspaper that every person was offered a mask and a personal hand sanitizer bottle, and there were space limitations posted on bathrooms to ensure social distancing. “And CDC guidelines were posted through the church," he wrote.

The event is getting attention after an Aug. 7 wedding and reception in the Katahdin region became a superspreader event.

That event led to several outbreaks in different parts of the state. Eight deaths and more than 170 cases are linked to the event.