Fresh Directive For Church Services During Festive Period

  • A stock photo of a church congregation worshiping
    A stock photo of a church congregation worshiping
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  • The Interfaith Council for National Response to Coronavirus Pandemic on Wednesday, December 23 issued religious leaders with a new directive on church services.

    The council asked religious leaders to conduct civic education on Covid-19 during services in the festive period to help in the fight against the deadly virus.

    In a press statement sent to media houses, the council revealed that the sensitisation campaign will last for three days from Christmas Day.

    Archbishop Anthony Muheria (left) meets Pope Francis during a tour to the Vatican in October 2018.
    Archbishop Anthony Muheria (left) meets Pope Francis during a tour to the Vatican in October 2018.
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    "During the festive seasons, we are used to more interactions both within the family and in the community.

    "As the Interfaith Council, we are asking all religious leaders to take some time during the services in this festive period, especially on the weekend of 25th, 26th and 27th to sensitive and educate the people on the real threats of Covid-19," read the statement in part.

    Religious leaders were also asked to educate the people on the preventive measures that must be undertaken by Kenyans to keep their loved ones safe during the period.

    The council noted that compliance of the preventive and control measures of Covid-19 should not only be confined to places of worship but everywhere.

    The government was also asked to provide clear guidelines on the gathering of worship in schools to ensure learning institutions continue with religious services after the reopening of schools. 

    The Interfaith Council is willing to contribute in the discussions to ensure that students are in a safe environment ahead of the full resumption of learning on Monday, January 4.

    Ministry of Health's Covid-19 protocols in places of worship were also emphasized by the council ahead of the Christmas period.

    Mourners were encouraged to adhere to the set protocols on burials as funerals continue to be the places where Covid-19 guidelines are more often disregarded.

    A file image of a burial ceremony
    A file image of a burial ceremony
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