Categories: Coronavirus WatchOn the Go

Methodist Church makes u-turn, directs compliance with ban on large gatherings

Author:
Haleem Olatunji

Methodist Church, Nigeria, has directed its members to comply with the ban on religious gatherings of more than 50 worshippers in some states.

In a letter addressed to archbishops, bishops and lay presidents on Wednesday, the church had directed that all local branches should continue service despite the ban.

But in another letter on Friday, Micheal Akinwale, secretary of the conference, said the decision has been adjusted for branches in Lagos and Ogun states.

Lagos, Ogun and Kaduna state governments had announced the ban on gatherings of above 50 persons in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Akinwale directed the branches to observe church service within one hour, with a population not more than 50 persons.

He said members can worship through online service, adding that the churches will be fumigated and the environment disinfected.

“As a follow up to the earlier release by the Conference Office, after pieces of advice by the Conference Medical Advisers, the Prelate has directed that the misunderstood letter be slightly adjusted as follows with regard to Lagos and Ogun States.

“The following measures have become imperative in the light of the directives of the respective State Governments:

“No gathering in all our churches should exceed 50 persons. That House Fellowships/Class meeting should be held at all designed centres with a maximum of 25 persons in accordance with Methodist practice.

“That small groups of 20 persons can gather for Bible Study. That Services or Fellowships should not exceed 1 hour and under no condition must the gathering be more than 50 persons.

“That members can equally worship through online services to reduce the risk of gathering together. That Government directives must be strictly adhered to by ensuring that all our churches are fumigated and the environment disinfected.”

Nigeria currently has 12 confirmed cases of the virus. Globally, there are over 250,000 coronavirus cases.

The outbreak has led to several decisions by governments in the form of measures to limit the spread of the disease.

Such measures include border closure, airport shutdown, travel bans, school closure, and suspension of congregational prayers.

Recent Posts

  • Viewpoint

What is wrong with NSITF?

Perhaps because every year, the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) is one of those organizations where companies – mine…

July 5, 2020 2:17 PM
  • Your Say

Ganduje makes truth a casualty in proxy war with el-Rufai

BY DANJUMA MUSA There is absolutely no doubt, that the Kano State Government has for quite some time been spoiling…

July 5, 2020 2:04 PM
  • On the Go
  • Top Stories

Don’t lose focus because of some people pulled out, Utomi encourages members of new movement

Pat Utomi, a professor of political economy, has asked the National Consultative Front (NCF), a new political movement, to "focus…

July 5, 2020 2:00 PM
  • Inside Nigeria
  • On the Go

Stray bullets hit two children as customs, petrol smugglers clash at Seme border

Two children have been hit by stray bullets during a clash between customs officers and petrol smugglers at Seme border…

July 5, 2020 1:44 PM
  • Viewpoint

In the trails he blazed

Tribute in honour of Sir Oluremi Festus Omotoso, KJW, MFR, F.IoD, FNIM, FGCIPA The demise of Sir Oluremi Omotoso was…

July 5, 2020 1:25 PM
  • Inside Nigeria
  • On the Go
  • Oyo
  • Top Stories

Oyo deputy gov blocked from Ajimobi’s Fidau prayer

Rauf Olaniyan, deputy governor of Oyo state, was denied access to the Fidau prayer of Abiola Ajimobi, a former governor…

July 5, 2020 12:53 PM