Second month online for Church services
Alvin Mwangi and David Musundi
Churches continued to broadcast their services live on TV for the fourth Sunday in a row yesterday, while others streamed services online.
On March 22, the government banned public gatherings, including church services and mosque prayers to tame the spread of coronavirus.
At the All Saints' Cathedral, Rev John Apela and Rev Michael Malimo led a special service in which they urged the youths to expend their energies on helping the government fight Covid-19.
Being the Youths’ Sunday, the church told young Kenyans to be more innovative during this crisis and explore new ways of generating income while working at home. The service was broadcast on TV.
“As the church we will continue to pray,” said Rev Apele.
Bishop Salesius Mugambi of the Meru Catholic Diocese also urged Kenyans to obey government measures on Covid-19, saying they are for everyone’s good.
At the Vatican City in Rome, Pope Francis’ mass was streamed live. He urged the Christian community to join hands during this trying time saying they should show mercy to the suffering.
Meanwhile, some religious leaders in Kisumu have petitioned the government to re-open churches and other places of worship. They said the closure was denying the corona fight “divine intervention”.
Episcopal Church of Africa Archbishop Joshua Ayoo lauded the President for acknowledging the role of the Church in the fight against Covid-19 during the recent National Prayer Day, thus the need to reopen churches. He said worshippers were ready to adhere to government guidelines while in Church.
Meanwhile in Trans Nzoia, police stormed two churches and arrested worshippers, including several pastors who had defied the government ban.
Those arrested were found at the Alpha and Omega Healing Church in Lukhuna area and Raoha Church in Kitale town.
They were released on police bond and directed to self-quarantine for 14 days.