Following the address by the President of the Republic of Ghana, H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo on the update of the COVID-19, the leadership of some major churches in Ghana have adhered to the directives from Government.
In a press statement released by the various churches, the leadership asked Ministers at all branches to suspend all church services including retreats, revivals, conferences, funerals and wedding for four (4) weeks.
Additionally, all educational institutions owned by these churches have been ordered to close until further notice.
Some key churches in the country have asked their Ministers to hold service live on all Social Media Platforms.
They also advised members of the various churches to intensify intercessory prayers at individual and family levels and take daily personal and family devotions serious.
Akufo-Addo also announced that all public gatherings, including conferences, workshops, funerals, political rallies, sporting events, entertainment shows have also been suspended for the next four weeks.
Private burials are however permitted but with limited numbers not exceeding 25 people in attendance.
He reiterated that travel bans announced are still in force.
Ghana has so far recorded six cases of the Coronavirus (COVID 19).
Read Press Statements from the various churches.
Presbyterian Church of Ghana
Following the address, tonight at 10pm of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, all Church Services in the PCG are suspended for four weeks and all Presbyterian schools are closed down indefinitely. All agents must take note and comply immediately.
Meanwhile, let us all keep calm and continue to pray to the God of heaven until something happens. Jesus is still on the throne. It shall all come to pass.
Thank you and still blessed.
THE CHURCH OF PENTECOST
Founder: Rev. lames McKeown
March 16, 2020
The Church of Pentecost Ghana
Beloved in Christ,
Office of the Chairman P. O. Box 2194 Accra – Ghana
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Rom 13:1, ESV).
Following the directives announced by the President of the Republic of Ghana, H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, in his address to the nation on Sunday, March 15, 2020, the Executive Council of the church would like to direct full compliance with the given directives.
In furtherance to the previous circular, COP/CO/VOL.38/0113/20, dated March 13, 2020, the Executive Council hereby informs the church public as follows:
1. All church services including retreats, revivals, conferences, funerals and weddings be suspended for the next four (4) weeks.
2. All Church of Pentecost schools be closed till further notice.
3. The second part of the Apostolisation programme scheduled for Monday, March 16 to Sunday, March 22, 2020 has been cancelled.
4. The Royals and Politicians Conference scheduled for Monday, March 23 to Saturday, March 28, 2020 has been postponed. A new date will be announced later.
5. The 2020 Easter Convention which falls within the four-week ban announced by the President, has been cancelled.
2020 General Council Meeting
Due to the fast rate of infection of the Coronavirus in many nations of the world, especially, in those considered ‘high risk’ zones, and considering that many of our delegates would be coming from over 100 nations, the 2020 Council Meetings have been rescheduled as follows:-
Executive Council Meeting: Monday, June 1 to Saturday, June 6, 2020; Heads meeting: Sunday, June 7 to Tuesday, June 9, 2020;
General Council Meetings: Tuesday, June 9 to Saturday, June 13, 2020.
This is however, subject to the pandemic situation drastically improving or returning to normalcy, as the situation is being reviewed on a regular basis.
Interim reorganization of church activities
In order to sustain church life through prayer, fellowship and the dissemination of information relative to the pandemic during the interim period, while still maintaining the necessary social distance, the Executive Council
further recommends the following:
1. Intensify intercessory prayers at individual and family levels;
2. Take daily personal and family devotions serious;
3. Area heads will arrange and lead ministers and their wives to meet three (3) times a week at zonal levels to pray, share fellowship and disseminate information;
4. Periodically organize family and friends meetings in their homes to pray and share fellowship;
5. Ensure that our church buildings are opened during the day to give access to individual members who may want to go there to pray and meditate;
6. In all meetings, let us keep to the safety and preventive measures announced in the last circular.
Use of electronic and social media
Leadership has decided to reorganize the activities and programmes on PENT TV to meet the spiritual needs of the members. Members are encouraged to patronise PENT TV and other social media platforms of the church.
Ministers, officers and the entire membership are encouraged to use the social media and other electronic means to reach out to one another. Where possible such programs should be run online.
In addition, the use of radio and other local information centres should be intensified.
Observing the Lord’s Day (Sunday)
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neg/ecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and a// the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Heb. 10:24-25, ESV).
As exhorted by the above Scripture, we should find ways of spurring one another on in times like these. None of us should consider these times as a period to be lax in our Christian convictions and devotions. Rather, we should be encouraged by this scriptural admonition to, among other things, joyfully observe the Lord’s Day
(Sundays) in meaningful and spiritual devotions amongst family, friends and neighbors in small numbers.
Fasting and Prayers
In the next four weeks, every Friday shall be dedicated for fasting and praying for the nation and the world against this pandemic at the individual level.
All ministers, officers and members must take note of the above and comply accordingly.
May the Lord be with you.
ERIC NYAMEKYE (APS.)
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDING BISHOP ON COVID-19
Calvary Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:7-8, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences [a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating], and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
Over the years the world has gone through lots of pestilences and epidemics, including Anthrax in 2001, SARS, the Bird Flu, and Ebola in the years that followed, and now the novel Coronavirus pandemic, which we are currently witnessing.
On the 15th of March, 2020, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo announced emergency measures to arrest the spread of the Coronavirus.
These measures will have an effect on our lives as Ghanaians, including church services and other public gatherings.
Perez Chapel International fully embraces the President’s directives and is asking all its branches in Ghana to fully comply with these directives. In the meantime, let us take note of the following:
1. Beginning from tomorrow Tuesday, 17th March 2020, till the President’s directive is reviewed, we will conduct all our worship services on Precious TV (PTV) and on my social media platforms (Facebook and YouTube: Bishop Charles Agyinasare).
I therefore encourage all members of Perez Chapel International, its affiliates and the General public to like or subscribe to my page in order to receive notifications on live services.
2. All information and announcements will be communicated through our website, text messages and other platforms.
3. During these trying times, I encourage you to continue to take care of each other as we have been doing since the beginning of the year by calling one another and encouraging each other.
4. In the meantime, let us take good care of ourselves by making sure we: wash our hands regularly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub, cover our noses and mouths when coughing and sneezing with tissue, avoid close contact with anyone with a cold or flu-like symptoms, keep the recommended social distance from people, and report to the nearest health facility when we see symptoms of sneezing, coughing, fever and breathlessness.
5. Also, let us ensure to get information from the right sources in order to stay hopeful and prepared to avoid the spread of the virus.
6. Let us live by faith and not in fear.
2 Tim. 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
1 John 4:18 also tells us that “…fear has torment.”
7. During this period do not allow yourself to be tormented in any way.
This means you must get the right information from official sources like, The World
Health Organization (WHO), Ministry of Information, and the Ministry of Health’s website.
8. Precious one be reminded that there’s no benefit in fear.
Job 3:25 says, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I
was afraid of is come unto me.”
God in His wisdom gave us 365 “fear not’s” in Scripture.
This means that, for every day of your life, there is a “fear not” to take you through.
9. Let us keep praying. Our God is a Deliverer and a Healer.
As you pray, do pray for your family, the nation Ghana, and the nations of the world.
He will surely take us through because we dwell under the shadow of the Almighty
(Psalm 91). We shall overcome because, this, too, shall pass in Jesus’ name.
Bishop Charles Agyinasare DSS, DTh BN
Methodist Church Ghana
Assemblies of God, Ghana
The Apostolic Church-Ghana
Trinity Baptist Church
Catholic Church Ghana
The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) has directed the suspension of all public Masses.
Spiritual programs such as retreats, devotions, meetings, confessions and pilgrimages as well as funerals, weddings among others have also been suspended.
The directive is with with immediate effect and has four weeks duration period.
Furthermore, the Conference has directed closure of all Catholic Schools until further notice.
These directives were contained in a circular dated March 16, 2020, and signed by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale and President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Most Rev. Philip Naameh.
It was addressed to all Archbishops, Bishops, Priests and the Lay Faithful.
According to the Conference, the directives were in furtherance to the directives given by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Sunday, March 15, 2020 following reported and confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country.
In the case of burials, the Conference directed that it may be performed “but with not more than 25 people in attendance”.
The Conference has however, recommended that daily private Masses should be offered for God’s intervention with not more than five people in attendance.
“Churches and adoration chapels be opened for private prayers by parishioners. Please do well to observe the required distance of two meters and pray in silence”, the circular, a copy of which is in possession with kasapafmonline.com in part read.
It also said where possible, live streaming of Masses should be encouraged to enable the faithful receive spiritual Communion, further exhorting Catholics and people of faith to intensify individual and family prayers and encourage all to read the daily Mass readings and reflections provided on several social media platforms.
In addition to the recommendations, the Conference urged all Ghanaians to keep observing observing basic precautionary measures that will help minimize the spread of the coronavirus as well as protect one self from being infected with COVID-19.
Ghana has at Sunday, March 15, 2020, confirmed and recorded six (6) cases of coronavirus from an initial two recorded on Thursday, March 12, 2020.