Oyedepo, Olukoya, Kumuyi and others regulate cross services

Oyedepo, Olukoya, Kumuyi and others regulate cross services

In the wake of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s churches have been forced to change their strategy for the annual cross-ministry, which is held from December 31 to January 1 each year.

With the COVID-19 pandemic undermining livelihoods and the way we do business, cross-services in 2021 will be very different as global health authorities discourage large gatherings to contain the spread of the virus. virus.

In Nigeria, state governments such as Ogun, Lagos, Osun, Cross River and others have warned churches not to hold services at crossings this Thursday, pushing for a 12 to 4 a.m. curfew imposed by the President’s Task Force. on COVID-19 it exists.

The PTF also highlighted the need to maintain social distance, use face masks and hand sanitizers as Nigeria grapples with the second wave of the virus.

Following these guidelines, the country’s leading Christian clerics have adjusted their cross-ministry and many have opted for a virtual experience.

The chief overseer of the redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, said Monday that the church’s transition service will begin by 6:00 pm.

In a Facebook post on his verified page, the 78-year-old cleric wrote, “God has been so kind to us. He held us back despite many obstacles this year. It’s time to boldly cross 2021. Become a part of the crossover service and gain strength by 2021. “

Attached to this message was a flyer stating the start time at 18:00 and prompting participants to log into the online service.

A senior church official who spoke to PUNCH on condition of anonymity said, “There is no physical transfer of services; we communicate virtually with dad (Adeba). “

In addition, the “Mountain of Fire” and “Miracles” services, led by Dr. Daniel Olukoya, announced that the church’s transitional service will physically take place from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm, and will actually continue until the New Year.

A circular dated December 29, 2020, signed by Pastor Gbesan Adebambo, Assistant Overseer General in charge of church management, stated in part: “The leadership of this ministry has decreed that, in view of government safety and health regulations, the curfew is from 24:00 4:00 am, December 31, 2020 Transition Night Service will run on Thursdays from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. “

Living Faith Worldwide Church, also known as Winners’ Chapel, led by Bishop David Oyedepo, also announced that the church’s transition service will run from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

An anonymous church member confirmed this to PUNCH. “My pastor announced this on Sunday and said it was a CanaanLand formation,” said a church member.

The Covenant Christian Center in Lagos said the church’s cross service will physically take place from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

This was announced on Tuesday by the oldest pastor of the Podju Oemade church, adding that the second service will be held virtually and broadcast from 23:00 to 01:00.

In addition, the Deeper Christian Life ministry led by Pastor William Kumuyi will hold a cross ministry starting at 22:00.

“We do it based on the region and the locality. We won’t have big meetings like we did in previous years. We start at 10:00 pm, ”said a church official who said he was not authorized to speak about the matter.

Lagos Church, a Daystar Christian center led by Pastor Sam Adeyemi, also announced that the church’s transition service will be strictly online from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursdays.

PUNCH previously reported that the PTF said religious leaders were sabotaging its response to the treatment of Covid in Nigeria by holding large gatherings.

But since then, the Christian Association of Nigeria has urged its members to abide by government directives at the federal and subnational levels.

As the cross services approach, many state governments are expected to deploy compliance teams in religious centers to enforce protocols set by the authorities.

Nigeria has reported over 85,000 cases of Covid infection, including over 1,200 related deaths, according to the Nigerian Center for Disease Control.

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