COVID-19: Low Attendance, Strict Compliance Greet Church Re-Opening In Lagos

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As the Lagos State Government lifts the restriction on the religious activities, some churches within Lagos metropolis were greeted with low attendance amidst strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocols. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal Government, had on March 15, instituted lockdown measures and banned public gatherings while religious places were sealed as a precautionary move against the spread of COVID-19. However, tougher lockdown measures were imposed in Lagos, Ogun, and Abuja have given their status as the epicenter of the COVID-19 in Nigeria which later…

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Why Pastor Tola Odutola Resign As This May Throws up fresh challenge for RCCG

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The resignation of Pastor Tola Odutola, one of the most prominent pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in the United States has created a fresh challenge for the church. Though he is not the first top pastor that would resign from the Church, his resignation seems to be one too many. In 2013, Pastor Bayo Akijiyan an Architect resigned from the church alleging an unfair deal. He went ahead to set up his own ministry in Ipaja, Lagos.  Pastor  Sola Fola-Alade also resigned from the RCCG Trinity House Church in the…

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COVID-19: Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos Donates Relief Materials To Lagos

The Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, has donated relief materials to Lagos State government in support of its efforts to provide assistance to the poor towards the fight to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic. Items donated include 500 bags of rice, beans, and 4000 hand sanitizers. In alignment with the CBCN, the church also announced the decision to make St Raphael Divine Mercy Hospital, Ijede available for use as an isolation centre if the need arises. “We commend the hard work that has been done in ensuring that we are…

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Ondo State Grants Permission For Easter Service

The Ondo State Government has granted permission for churches in the state to hold Easter Sunday services. It however issued some conditions the churches must adhere to with a view to curbing the spread of COVID-19. A statement by the Chairman of the Ondo State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend John Oladapo, said social distancing order would be observed. Oladapo said the CAN leadership met with the State Government to rub minds on how to hold the Easter Sunday worship service, which was granted by Governor…

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Palm Sunday: Pope Francis Livestreams Mass In An ‘Empty’ St. Peter’s Amid The Pandemic

Pope Francis prays as he celebrates Palm Sunday Mass behind closed doors in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.  St. Peter’s Basicalla was virtually empty for Palm Sunday Mass, where usually tens of thousands would gather. Just a few nuns, prelates, and laypeople gathered, abiding by social distancing guidelines, while Pope Francis live-streamed the mass in his homily. Francis asked worshipers to think of others suffering from coronavirus. “The tragedy we are experiencing summons us to take seriously the…

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VCOVID-19: Living Faith Church Creates USSD Code For Members To Pay Their Tithes, Offerings While At Home

Living Faith Church, aka Winners Chapel, has created a USSD code for members to pay their tithes, offerings, and other church payments while they stay at home this Coronavirus (COVID-19) period. A member who pleaded anonymity shared the USSD code with PARADISE NEWS on Friday, while lamenting the sufferings already inflicted by the COVID-19 virus. “While many are struggling to stock food and how to survive this period, my church is still asking us to pay our tithes and offerings by devising a means with a USSD code. It shows…

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COVID-19: Christ Embassy Shut, Over 300 Dispersed At Wedding Inside Barracks

The Federal Capital Territory Administration Ministerial Team on COVID-19 Restriction Enforcement on Saturday shut down activities at a popular Christ Embassy church located in Jabi District met conducting a wedding ceremony on Saturday. The team, which began operations at the Wuse Market, moved to the church following complaints that the members were violating the no gathering rule of the FCTA and were holding weddings and other activities. The Chairman, FCT Traffic Management Task Team, Ikharo Attah, who led the team, addressed the gathering and subsequently dispersed the worshippers at the…

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Bishop Oyedepo: Why We Held Service Despite Government’s Directive

The Founder of Living Faith Church, also known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has offered explanations for his decision to hold a well-attended service on Sunday despite the government’s directive not to. The Ogun State Government, where the church has its massive Faith Tabernacle, and the Federal Government had issued a directive that no religious or social gathering exceeding 50 people should hold following the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the country. However, Oyedepo still held the service at Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota on Sunday, with thousands…

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COVID-19: CAN To Christians: Do Online Service, Home Cells

The Christian Association of Nigeria, Niger State Chapter on Saturday issued directives to Churches to use house cell-based or online service if their congregation is more than 50. This, according to CAN, is part of measures to protect lives and slow down any spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The directive was issued after an emergency meeting of the State Executive Council and Bloc leaders headed by the State Chairman, Rev. Mathias Echioda, charging Christians to always pray with Psalms 91 and have faith in God. According to Echioda: “In line with…

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Coronavirus: Lagos Catholic Archdiocese Suspends Public Mass

The Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos has suspended public mass attendance by faithful. Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins, the Archbishop of Lagos, said this in a statement on Saturday in Lagos. Martins said the suspension was due to the restriction on social gatherings imposed by the State Government. He said: “Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, with a heavy heart I have to address another circular within two days to you regarding the COVID-19 and the situation in Lagos State. “We had been able to ascertain that the restriction of people to…

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