COVID-19: More churches suspend Sunday gatherings, meetings

In Summary

• On Tuesday, the Presbyterian Church of East Africa suspended physical services in the wake of COVID-19.

• Churches are limiting access to help the country deal with the Coronavirus pandemic.

Outgoing CITAM Bishop David Oginde announcing the suspension of physical church activities at its 24 assemblies nationally following the coronavirus outbreak in Kenya.
Outgoing CITAM Bishop David Oginde announcing the suspension of physical church activities at its 24 assemblies nationally following the coronavirus outbreak in Kenya.
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More churches on Wednesday announced the suspension of Sunday services and other meetings within their premises.

This follows an appeal by the government for Kenyans to avoid public gatherings in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Among those who made the announcement on Wednesday included Christ is the Answer Ministries, Kenya Assemblies of God and the Nairobi Chapel.

Outgoing CITAM Bishop David Oginde said they had suspended physical church activities at its 24 assemblies nationally.

Oginde asked Kenyans to pray noting that the pandemic could be a sign of the end times.

The Nairobi Chapel suspended all corporate worship gatherings including church programs and events following Coronavirus outbreak.

The suspension takes immediate effect from March 17, Bishop Oscar Muriu said.

This follows President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive to suspend all public gatherings including Church summons, crusades, funerals and weddings.

 

“During this period, we have restructured our church ministries in favour of personal and family-based worship in homes,” Muriu said in a statement.

Conveniently, the church will make worship packages for its congregation through various media platforms.

“We will make available to the members of our congregation's worship packages that includes sermons, Bible studies personal devotions prayer guides and children worship sheets on various media platforms,” he said.

Muriu further urged Kenyans to remain calm and observe high standards of hygiene whilst complying with the government directive on how to tame Coronavirus pandemic.

“As people of faith, we are called to face our fears and anxiety with faith, wisdom courage truth and knowledge,” Muriu said.

Kenya Assemblies of God pastors are also seeking to explore different ways of reaching to their congregation.

Members have been advised to participate in church services such as online streaming on Facebook and YouTube in the preceding fortnight

 

“However, in our Rural areas where members may show up suddenly at church and particularly in areas where the technology to offer services is lacking, then social distancing as explained by the government must be followed,” KAG Bishop Philip Kitoto said in a statement on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced another Coronavirus case in Kenya bringing the total number of infections to four.