Bishop Owen Nwokolo of the Niger Diocese, Anglican Communion has ordered the immediate suspension of all forms church activities within the diocese from Monday, March 30,2020.
According to him, “we are still praying, and watching the situation of things owing to the on-going pandemic caused by the Coronavirus. In our previous communications to you, we had outlined various measures to stop the spread of the distructive virus.
“In our letter to you dated 21st March 2020, among other things, we maintained that “Our churches shall remained open to individual worshippers until such a time when the Government decides to shutdown all activities and order everyone to stay indoors”. The moment has come! In their recent publication, the Anambra State Government has ordered a near total shutdown of all activities in the state with effect from Monday 30th March 2020, for 14 days.
“In view of the above situation, kindly take note of our response as follows:
* For the time being, we are suspending all forms of public worship in all our churches and chapels, including Sunday services, weekly services, prayer meetings, faith clinics, victory hours and night programs from Monday 30th March to Tuesday 14 April, 2020. The Diocesan Secretariat will remain closed within the above stated period. We will inform you if there is any extension of time. These are difficult times. The Clergy and Church Workers should enlighten their congregations and encourage them to remain steadfast and safe.
* Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Early Morning Processions are suspended for the year. However, the Bishop, Cathedral Priests and their immediate family members will celebrate the statutory Easter Service privately at the Cathedral.
* The Clergy, Catechists and Church Teachers should maintain regular Church Offices, Services, Prayers and Worship in the Churches and Chapels without their various congregations. They should use these worship times privately to pray for our members for God’s provision, protection and mercy.
* We charge members of our congregations to worship at home or follow their Church online services from the comfort of their homes. However, as much as possible, members should maintain their regular worship duty to God and the Church. Individual members should find a way of remitting same to their Churches.”