By Smart Omon
Diocesan Bishop of Lagos, the Rt, Rev. Dr. Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye has directed all Anglican Parishes in Lagos to comply with Lagos State Government Directive on religious gathering.
Olumakaiye made the declaration in a press statement signed by The Ven. Segun Ladeinde, Synod Secretary on Thursday.
Titled “Episcopal Directives on Compliance with the Lagos State Government Directives on Religious Gatherings, the Bishop stated that all Vicars are directed to ensure strict compliance to the government directives in line with the position of the Church as a law abiding entity.
Recall that the Lagos State Government has banned all religious meetings and gatherings of more than 50 worshippers, as part of the precautionary steps towards managing the further spread of the pandemic, corona virus disease (COVID-19).
The bishop further directed that Diocesan Programmes that attract a crowd of more than 50 people have been postponed until further notice.
“Vicars of congregation of more than 50 members are advised to increase the number of their services to give room for compliance as well as encourage other members to worship with congregation with less than 50 members located closest to their house. Congregations with members that are less than 50 are to maintain status-quo.
“House fellowship and Bible Study Centres should be encouraged to serve as a place of Sunday worship for the time being. Vicars should organize this.”
Olumakaiye said that members are encouraged to also join online services on all Diocesan online platforms such as Lagoon Radio, Lagoon TV and other existing online platforms of Churches on Facebook and YouTube, among others.
“All members are strongly advised to maintain strict personal hygiene including frequent and thorough washing of hands with soap and running water as well as use of alcohol-based sanitizers.
“Diocesan authorities will continue to consult with relevant stakeholders on fresh updates on the matter. Kindly await further directives. The Diocesan reminds us that we serve a faithful and a prayer-answering God,” the Bishop admonished.