Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, The Most Rev Dr Paul K. Boafo, has directed all societies of the church to hold their first Sunday service on 14th June, 2020.
The Bishop said, this would allow ample time for the societies to adequately prepare to meet the guidelines roll out by the President and the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs.
As part of easing Covid-19 restrictions, President Akufo-Addo in his 10th address Sunday May 31 announced that, up to 100 worshipers can congregate in churches, mosques and other places of worship from June 5.
However, in a statement signed by the Administrative Bishop, The Rt Rev Michael A. Bossman said, ”The church will abide strictly by the directive of the President for the easing of restrictions for religious bodies.”
The statement further said, ”All Methodist societies shall use the week preceding the 14th June to prepare: for disinfecting chapels, training ushers/stewards to receive and record data, providing all the necessary logistics for observing the protocols of hygiene.”
”That where the congregation size is large, multiple church services should be organized and that week day and weekend services could be considered. For example, Wednesday to Saturday evening divine services. Societies could have 6am, 7am, 9am, 11am, 2pm, 4pm etc services. Our Wednesday evening services should not be revival meetings.”
The statement also warned all leaders of the societies to strictly stick to the President 100 participants for an hour service directive. However, it charged societies of the Methodist church Ghana not to hold recession for the choir but can allow choir to be in their loft.
Below is the full statement
Source: Ghana/Dinpafm.com/91.3FM/Akua Nyarko Abronoma