The Methodist Church Ghana has officially re-opened its chapels for church services after putting all necessary measures in place to safeguard congregants from contracting and spreading the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is in line with the President’s directive on the easing of restrictions in relation to COVID-19.
The Presiding Bishop of the Church, the Most Reverend Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo, performed his first officiating after the lifting of the ban on congregational worship by the President, at the St. John Methodist Church in Tantra Hill.
Congregants were filled with joy as they worshiped together with family and friends. Meanwhile, the Presiding Bishop, Diocesan Bishop and synod secretary of the Northern Accra Diocese together with congregants adhered to strict protocols in relation to COVID-19. The profiles of the congregants, consisting of their names, residential addresses, contact numbers and temperature were recorded before being allowed entry.
Some Methodist societies held church services whilst others were yet to open as they had not put in place all the safety measures to fully protect their congregants.
Before each session, the microphones, pulpit, podium, and pews were sanitised for all three (3) services i.e. 7am-8am, 9am-10am, and 11am-12am. Each pew had 1 or 2 people seated with stickers indicating sitting positions.
Delivering a welcome address, the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana- the Most Rev Dr Paul Kwabena Boafo thanked God Almighty for making it possible for the restrictions on COVID -19 in Ghana to be eased saying “we have been affected economically, spiritually, socially, emotionally and in all aspects of our lives. But in the midst of all these we have experienced the faithfulness of God. To all frontline health workers , we say ayekoo”. He cautioned all and sundry to note that COVID-19 is real. He further advised everyone to adhere to the safety measures outlined.
As part of activities the Rt Rev Joseph M.Y Edusah-Eyison –Northern Accra Diocesan Bishop, delivered a sermon titled “Reward for being Hospitable”. Using Genesis 18:1-15 and Abraham as an inspiration he encouraged members and all to be hospitable and humble themselves as one day, they will eventually receive an angelic visitation and the Lord will reward them. “Our reception should be full of smiles, generosity, etc.” He further encouraged us not discourage others from being hospitable.
How Hospitable have you been during this pandemic?
We encourage all to note that the novel coronavirus is real. Do well to adhere to the safety measures as you join your local church in fellowship.