COVID-19: Sunyani Assemblies of God Liberty Centre opens for Worship,others remain closed

The Sunyani branch of the Assemblies of God-Ghana, Liberty Centre on Sunday opened their church for congregations under strict measures after President Akufo-Addo eased the restriction on public gathering, as part of efforts at containing the COVID-19.

COVID-19: Sunyani Assemblies of God Liberty Centre opens for Worship,others remain closed

The Sunyani branch of the Assemblies of God-Ghana, Liberty Centre on Sunday opened their church for congregations under strict measures after President Akufo-Addo eased the restriction on public gathering, as part of efforts at containing the COVID-19.

During a visit by BA TV News, most of the church buildings, particularly the orthodox churches were closed.

But, the head pastor of the Assemblies of God liberty Centre, Rev. Joseph Danquah in an interview with BA TV News said, “the hour service churches that have been asked to comply by the President is enough. This COVID-19 period is not normal times at all, so believers should comply with the guidelines issued for churches in order to contain the spread of the virus as churches opened for services”, he said during his sermons.

He quoted the scripture from Ecclesiastes 3: 1,which says, “there is time for everything, there is time to sow and there is time to yield, there is a time every things which believers should know proper usage of their time by which they will account for in future”.

“Time wasted cannot retrieve, if anybody have something to do, he/she must do it now because this COVID-19 era was a prophecy and it has surely come to past”, he added.

The Man of God urged all religious leaders to accept time allocated to them since all days are not equal and also do not speak negative things against it.

In all the churches visited, members were seen washing and sanitising their hands and various entry points of the church.


Meanwhile, few churches being held in classrooms opened in the Bono Regional capital for worshippers following the government’s lessening of the COVID-19 restrictions.

The Christ the King Catholic Cathedral, St Anselm’s Anglican Cathedral, Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, and the Wesley Cathedral of the Methodist Church Ghana in Sunyani were all closed.

Nonetheless at the ‘Nyamaa’ and ‘Boahen Korkor’ basic schools, some classrooms had been opened by some ‘one-man’ (individually-founded) churches for their worshippers to arrive.

Veronica buckets were sighted in the front of the classrooms set for church services to aid handwashing with soap under running water.

Government has outlined protocols which churches must adhere to.

The Religious Affairs Minister Kofi Dzamesi announced them at a press conference at the Information Ministry on Monday.

Below are the safety protocols

  1. Provide thermometer guns
  2. No mask no entry.
  3. Hand washing and sanitizers: regularly sanitize microphones and others.
  4. Waste disposal bins.
  5. Toilets with regular cleaning.
  6. Training and provision of PPE to protocol officers.
  7. Adequate ventilation ie windows etc.
  8. Emergency Unit (Designate a room)
  9. No hugging, no shaking of hands, no spitting policy
  10. Form Covid-19 Task Force.
  11. Older people and people with underlying medical conditions should stay away from church for now.
  12. No group singing, dancing and waving of handkerchiefs.
  13. Laying on of hands is not allowed.
  14. Create separate sitting areas for those who are fairly old.
  15. Practice social distancing – at least one meter or six feet apart.
  16. Disinfect Chapel before church service and regularly do so.
  17. There should be an immediate evacuation of any suspected case and call # 112 or 311 to report.
  18. Put bowl at the entrance for the offertory.
  19. Adequate information ie notices such as no mask, no entry; wash your hand here; no handwashing no entry etc.
  20. Isolate suspected cases.
  21. Inform them they will be handed over to the health authorities.
  22. Call in the health authorities.
  23. Sunday schools and Children’s services are to remain closed for now.

 

Source: BA TV/Daniel Akwasi Ashietey