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Christian Council To Decide Soon On Services

Bishop Delton Fernander, President of the Christian Council. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff

Bishop Delton Fernander, President of the Christian Council. Photo: Terrel W. Carey/Tribune Staff

By TANYA SMITH-CARTWRIGHT

THE Bahamas Christian Council will make a decision this week on whether churches covered under its membership will continue to hold services amid the threat of a local COVID-19 outbreak.

Bishop Delton Fernander, BCC president, told The Tribune yesterday the important decision must be made soon, as church leaders should be in a position to inform their congregations by this coming Sunday.

“Well actually we are meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) to talk about that,” Bishop Fernander said. “We also need guidance from the government’s task force as to whether or not the gatherings they want us to avoid include church congregations. This decision is not a simple one, as some of our member churches have international heads that have their own dictates sent to them that they must conform to. So that in itself is another thing.”

Bishop Fernander said it is almost impossible to totally shut down churches as there are a lot of variables that must be put into serious consideration.

“When we think about cancelling church, or not having church gatherings, we must consider things like we must bury our dead. This is something we are going to have to do,” Bishop Fernander continued. “There are also weddings, so shutting down is almost impossible.”

He indicated that as soon as a decision is made, the BCC will hold a press conference to announce its plan. This is expected to take place this week.

The BCC membership consists of the following denominations: Anglican Church (province of the West Indies); Roman Catholic Church; Assemblies of Brethren; Bahamas National Baptist Union; Greek Orthodox Church; Lutheran Church of Nassau; Methodist Church (Caribbean and the Americas); Pentecostal Church; Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Salvation Army.

On Sunday, health officials announced there was one confirmed case of COVID-19 in a 61-year-old New Providence woman. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has advised people who are sick to stay at home and avoid large gatherings.

“Large public gatherings have been shown to be linked to the widespread of COVID-19 in jurisdictions now recording large numbers of cases,” Dr Minnis said on Sunday during a national address.

So far there are more than 7,000 recorded deaths worldwide due to COVID-9, however more than 70,000 people who caught the virus have reportedly recovered. The World Health Organisation has declared it a pandemic.

Comments

joeblow 6 months, 2 weeks ago

There is nothing to decide! It is stupid and reckless to proceed with public gatherings at this time!!

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xtreme2x 6 months, 2 weeks ago

LOL, ARE YOU SERIOUS? WHAT HAPPEN TO FAITH AND BEING COVERED BY THE BLOOD? DISTANCE YOUR SELVES BY HAVING 2 SERVICES 7.00AM AND 11,00 AM

. LORD YOU SURE ARE A MIGHTY GOD. TESTING THE REV. AND BISHOPS TO SEE WHO IS A TRUE BELIEVER.

I WILL WAIT AND SEE.

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killemwitdakno 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Wit ya nasty cup in the first place..

Snotty crying is just what's needed right now.

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Symptoms developed after singing in the church choir https://youtu.be/Wak8UQebNDs?t=120">https://youtu.be/Wak8UQebNDs?t=120

Mosques are steam cleaning their rugs

It took just one major event, the Philadelphia parade, for the Spanish flu to kill half the towns.

This better be in the park with 6ft between persons, masks and gloves required. #StaySpread

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killemwitdakno 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Funerals can be burial side with mics. Beach weddings with mics. Pews are too close.

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The biggest corporations are doing it, first world countries are taking a recession, education, entertainment and sports is taking a break, but the churches need their service money..

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by killemwitdakno

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Porcupine 6 months, 2 weeks ago

They are struggling with the loss of revenue. What god gave them in faith, he subtracted an equal part of their thinking. What part about how this virus is transmitted did they miss?

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jamaicaproud 6 months, 2 weeks ago

decision is not a simple one, as some of our member churches have international heads that have their own dictates sent to them that they must conform to I thought Christ was the head of. The church and we should honor our government. Gathering is gathering, period.

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