The Anglican Church in Anambra State has suspended indefinitely all Church activities with immediate effect.
The Archbishop of the Niger and Anglican Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Alexander Ibezim announced who announce this on Saturday in Awka, Anambra state said it was in line with the directive of the Anambra state government over the coronavirus epidemic ravaging the globe.
Archbishop Ibezim said the current and ravaging endemic disease- coronavirus, had actually terrorised the entire world but God according to him, is still God.
His words: ‘’“We want to appreciate the Governor and the Government of Anambra State for her concerted efforts in combating the deadly disease”
“In line with Governments directives, we want to restate that all actions of the Church should be in line with World Health Organization’s Standard.”
The Archbishop added: “All Church activities in the Diocese that usually attract large crowds have been suspended until further notice.
“These include:, Elshaddai Monthly programme, Palm Sunday Processions, Diocesan Lenten Prayer Convention, Collation of Archdeacons and Installation of Canons, vigils, weddings, burials, and other forms of celebrations”
“The Diocese had earlier banned the celebration of peace which includes shaking of hands, hugging, e.t.c”
“The use of a common cup for wine-distribution in Holy Communion Services has been banned. Churches have been directed to procure and use small disposable cups henceforth”
“Vicars and Parish Priests are encouraged to maintain office hours, with prayers said at intervals of 9am, 12noon, 3pm and 6pm” Ibezim said
He said the Church depended on the Mercy of God for His divine intervention while they continue to offer prayers for this scourge to pass over.