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CAN Suspends Weddings and Sunday Worship Services In Churches

BY MARY KUYE

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has suspended Sunday services and wedding in all churches in Adamawa State.

It also suspends the revival services, night vigils, All kinds of crusades and all such gatherings that attract more than 50 worshippers.

Speaking in this regard, Adamawa CAN issued a statement on Tuesday stating some measures that could be adopted by churches to reduce the outbreak of coronavirus.

He warned that no Christian gathering above 50 persons should be encouraged in the State.

Bishop Stephen Mamza, the state CAN Chairman signed by the release.

He “The pace at which the Corona Virus is spreading calls for collaboration and unity of purpose in the struggles for curtailing the further spread and the far-reaching damages of the disease.

“As a Church, therefore, we shall comply fully with the directives of the state authorities in curbing the spread of the Virus.

”This will definitely affect our faith-based practices, yet while keeping in mind the sacred responsibilities of our faith and practices, we immediately call on you dear brethren to cooperate maximally with the relevant Government agencies in their efforts and measures towards the welfare of the citizenry in the face of this killer disease.

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“We encourage smaller units of congregational assemblies of 50 people only. We recommend the suspension of Sunday Services and Masses until further notice.

“The Faithful are encouraged to continue with private devotions in their respective homes.
Crusades, conventions, revivals, vigils are hereby suspended until further notice.”

“We urge Christians to suspend the sign of peace, which involves handshaking and hugging in some Churches and outside churches. We encourage the recommended social distance of one meter or three feet.

“Burials should be restricted to only the close family members of the deceased. Weddings and social celebrations should be suspended until the situation comes under control.”

“We encourage people to please stay at home and go out only when necessary. Prevention is better than cure!”

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