As Covid-19 cases continue rising in the country, Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) synods of Blantyre and Nkhoma have suspended some of their usual worship requirements including baptism.
For example, Blantyre Synod has directed that services should not be longer than one hour and has discouraged elderly congregants and stopped those with pre-existing health conditions from attending the services but pray at home.
In a communication signed by the synod’s general secretary Reverend Billy Gama, the church spells out measures with regards to church attendance.
Gama says seats in the church should be arranged at least one to five metres apart “and that the service should not accommodate more than 100 people. Singing spreads the virus and must now be discouraged”.
The synod has further directed that service of worship must be reduced to one hour to discourage people from overstaying in the church.
Nkhoma Synod General Secretary Reverend Vasco Kachipapa told The Daily Times that the synod had already reminded leaders in churches and departments to be strictly observing Covid-19 prevention measures.
He said the synod already reintroduced measures and restrictions that were introduced last year, adding that baptism and holy communion were suspended.
Kachipapa said the synod was monitoring the situation.
“Ministers have been advised to act depending on their assessment within their particular congregations to best prevent the spread of the virus,” he said.
He said leaders in every congregation were in a better position to make their own assessment and come up with interventions that might be unique.
Mathews Kasanda is a Journalist who has recently joined Times Group Newsroom as an Intern. He is an outstanding media practitioner and in 2014, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.