The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) says churches are ready to organise as many as 10 services a day if the restrictions on public gathering is lifted.
According to the President of GPCC, Rev Prof Paul Frimpong- Manso, the church is prepared to adhere to every precautionary measure the Government would roll out to lower the spread of COVID-19.
Prof Frimpong Manso, who is also the General Superintendent of Assemblies of God Church Ghana, revealed this during an interview with Power Fm News anchor Daakyehene Ofosu Agyeman on whether the church is ready for service should President Akufo-Addo lifts the restrictions.
Currently, mass gatherings such as school and religious activities have been banned by the Government, following the outbreak of the pandemic in the middle of March.
But Prof Frimpong Manso, who believes restrictions on church activities should be lifted, referred to the Bible and quoted Hebrews 10:25 which reads, “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” and appealed to the Government to ease the restrictions on religious activities.
He also appealed to the government to formulate safety guidelines for churches to pave way for them to resume worship activities to resume, while pledging strict adherence.
To the renowned preacher, churches have proper structures and the capacity to roll out effective social distancing and safety measures unlike the market places and other business centres which have a challenge adhering to the safety etiquettes.
“You see the ban was on social gathering but we have parliament meeting…In the markets, they say social distancing but markets sometimes are crowded so if we can have people meeting at the market and parliament is meeting, recently chiefs were installing their traditional leaders which was not the best, so I think preventing church and asking church members not to meet is not the best,” he argued.
“At this time we’re all helping to put in some mechanisms so we are expecting that in the shortest possible time, churches should be able to meet but with certain conditions in place.
“For instance, the church should not be full to 100 per cent capacity but will be divided for instance a church with capacity of 1,000 can divide themselves into about five to 10 services having sanitisers and putting in place all the necessary protocols and some guidelines to govern the running of the church,”added Prof Frimpong Manso.
Would The Restrictions Be Eased?
President Nana Akufo-Addo is expected to announce a decision his Government has taken on the possible easing of the Coronavirus restrictions on Sunday evening.
Addressing Muslims in a virtual message on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr last Sunday, Mr Akufo-Addo said consultations for easing up the coronavirus restrictions in the country was nearing conclusion.
He hinted the announcement of a roadmap towards easing the restrictions which has seen the country’s borders shut for over two months.
“Stakeholder consultations are taking place on the way forward towards the easing of restrictions so that our social and economic lives can go back to normal.
“I expect these consultations to conclude this week so that I can announce to Ghanaians a clear roadmap for easing the restrictions. We have to find a way back, but in safety, for we cannot be under these restrictions forever,” the President said.