By Mike Gwadani
The Seventh Day Adventist Church Malawi Union Conference (MUC) has announced further COVID 19 Measures in reaction to the Government of Malawi directives on same.
In a communique the MUC has among other directives suspended church congregating across the nation.
Reads part of the directive, ” all Church worship will move to Jesus way structures with immediate effect.”
“All Jesus ways near Church structures should congregate in Churches so long they are not over 100, All Jesus Ways and Church structures (ensuring that they are not more than 100) should follow health and hygiene guidelines as given by the Ministry of Health”
“The directive has also suspended baptism, Youth of Prayer meetings cancelled”, it reads.
The MUC has since urged all SDA members to comply with national measures.
However some church members have expressed reservations with the directive with others describing it as to early.
Writing on his Facebook wall a Chancy Mtambo questioned the decision by MUC saying the directive that members should congregate at Jesus way level is anon starter as some churches it does not exists.
We wondered , “how many Jesus ways are functional today? At the church that I congregate, on is functional, its foolhardy to therefore say we are closing church and you can congregate at Jesus way level”
Another member who didn’t want to be named but congregate at Kawale SDA church said he feels the leadership should have waited until Monday as directed by the government.
“Morning brothers and sisters. Am much concerned with the premature closure of the churches here in Malawi regarding to COVID19 measures. I think our Malawi Union could wait to see how other denominations would implement this state precaution first, after all the president of the republic of Malawi has said these laws will start functioning from Monday the 23rd of March. How would then our Malawi Union demand the closure of the churches beginning from today instead of next Sabbath? How do we expect to stand firmly when the national Sunday law is declared with this kind of fear?” he Said.
President Peter Mutharika yesterday declared a state of national disaster as one way of preventing Corona virus COVID 19 and has since public gatherings of any kind of more than 100 people.