Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, international headquarters of Living Faith Church, also known as Winners’ Chapel, has explained that it held service last Sunday against the directive of the Ogun State government to sensitise its members of the dangers of COVID-19.
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In a lengthy statement signed by Steve Ogah, Special Assistant to Bishop Oyedepo, the church said it was necessary to hold the service to educate its congregation who may not have access to social media and other platforms, where such information may be obtained.
He stated that the service held with only few of its members, explaining that it agrees with the ban on large gatherings to arrest the spread of COVID-19.
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“However, information has to be strategically disseminated to the grassroot, noting that the Church is a family and not an industry, it is for this reason that enlightenment and sensitization from the Church platform is a most effective way to get people involved in playing their part in terms of prayers and intercessions and not just staying away from Church without knowing what to do.
“Invariably, a press release from the office of the CAN President, through his Special Assistant on media on Saturday March 21, 2020, expressed the same position that members who may gather in church premises, many of whom may not be aware of this regulations should be allowed to worship for the purpose of enlightenment on the subject matter.
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“As we all know, the Church is made up of both literate and illiterate congregants; many are not in touch with any of the modern platforms of communication and this is what we did yesterday. Indeed, the service was devoted entirely to sensitizing and mobilizing members of the Church regarding the danger of this deadly virus and the need to comply with government directives.
“The Bishop has since engaged Ogun State Government at the highest level to clarify this issue and any misgivings and reiterated the full support of the church for the State Government’s efforts to ensure public safety, towards curtailing the spread of this deadly virus. He appreciates the opportunity of direct engagement and the understanding of the government. Cooperation to safeguard public safety is not just a moral obligation or civic responsibility; the church also considers it a spiritual duty,” the statement read in part.
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It stated that its schools, Hallmark University, Covenant University, and secondary and primary schools, have asked students to go home because of the COVID-19 outbreak.