Covid-19 – COCIN Suspends Church Activities

Church building of National Ecumenical Centre, Abuja

Following rising cases of the dreaded CoronaVirus also known as COVID-19, COCIN has suspended full activities.

A circular issued to all churches and secretariat staff directed all Sunday services to be held at Zonal Fellowship Centers or Prayer Houses and cells, with not more than 50 people in attendance.

The circular reads in part:
“Headquarters will run essential services within the period that has been announced by the Government.
“Finance Department will run skeletal Services, Church Security and Hospitals will be at their duty posts.
“Sunday Services will be carried out at Zonal Fellowship Centers or Prayer Houses and cells, where you have more than 50 members at the prayer house and cells, it should be split into more cells.
“All Services (Bible Studies, Midweek Prayers) shall be supervised and coordinated by the Pastors and Ordained Pastors/Elders.
“Churches should make provision for hand sanitizers at strategic places within church premises.
“All major gathering by Church Groups are hereby suspended.
“Both Pastors and members should avoid unnecessary travel for now.
“All Pastors should work with their medical Committees in Education, Prevention and identifying/referring members who may show symptoms of the disease.
“In an event that there is no medical committee, this should be constituted.”
The circular solicited prayers for government and those sick with the disease.


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