Sisters and brothers,
Re: Covid-19 – Continuing the Dialogue
As you know, The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica, in his address to the nation on Sunday, February 28, 2021, outlined measures to address the current surge of the Covid-19 disease in the country. The measures include directives that churches must only engage in online corporate worship services and a maximum of ten persons are allowed to gather to facilitate the broadcast.
Since then, there has been a cloud of uncertainty swirling around the interpretation and implementation of this particular regulation. We have sought clarity from relevant sources and can say the following:
- Corporate worship services are permissible with a maximum of ten persons.
- Protocols such as temperature checks, sanitizing, physical distancing must be strictly adhered to.
Let us not lose sight of the fact that Jamaica is facing increasing challenges caused by the pandemic at this point and we urge our members to exercise neighbourly love in all we do. We understand how fatigued we all are by the seemingly ‘no end in sight’ raft of regulations, but love demands us to stay vigilant and compassionate as we keep faith with God’s word in this Covid-19 world.
It is almost a year to the date that we wrote exhorting us to ‘stand strong, resilient and buoyed in words found in the first and last stanzas of Psalm 46 ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress’.
This is the season of Lent and we urge you to stay focused and walk purposefully towards the cross with the deep and abiding conviction that, in the power of the resurrected Christ, we shall overcome!
Stay safe and we pray that God will continue to enable us in all that we do in God’s name.
Karl B. Johnson