Adeboye’s church refuses to shut parishes over Coronavirus


The Redeemed Christian Church of God led by Pastor Enoch Adeboye has refused to shut its parishes down in response to the rising cases of the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

Rather, the church which boasts of millions of members has opted to allow worship services of not more than 50 persons at a time.

The Assistant General Overseer (Administration and Personnel), Pastor J.F Odesola, on Wednesday issued new guidelines to its parishes in Lagos and Ogun states.

He directed parishes Witham average of 50 members to continue with their worship services while those with higher numbers of members are to work out simultaneous schedules with their house fellowships.

Also, parishes with facilities that can handle 50 worshippers separately were directed to proceed with services.

One supervising minister and usher are to be seconded to such alternative facilities to record attendance, new converts, new members among others.

He also directed all parishes to be hooked to Dove Television, owned by the church to follow live broadcasts of the General Overseer.

He added: “Please, be informed that this arrangement shall be in operation for (the) next few weeks, based on the position of the government.”

The circular after the cut:

There has been a widespread clamour for government to shut down all religious centres like Rwanda, Ghana and some other countries have done.

However, the Nigerian government has chosen a tempered option, to avoid a backlash from Christians and Muslims.

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