On Sunday 19, JULY 2020, The reopening of the places of worship resumed in earnest, ACK Kericho town church resumed after they were adequately prepared to follow health ministry guidelines to curb the spread of Covid-19.
This comes after President Uhuru Kenya directed that all places of worship to resume in the country following the protocols developed by the Inter Faith Council.
Addressing the press outside the church ,Kericho Diocesan Bishop Ernest Ngeno said they had a fruitful service since the congregants adhered to the rules .
“It’s indeed a day to rejoice following the reopening places of worship after a longest period of three months and do thank God for giving us this opportunity to serve Him regardless of the pandemic which has affected globally”,Ngeno said.
Ngeno said the ministry of health guidelines in places of worship and also after leaving the worship centre are vital to stop the spread of Corona.
“Today we ensured that everyone who enters the church has to wear a face mask that covers the nose and mouth ,wash hands for a period of 20 seconds at designated hand washing area ,check the temperature by using the thermo gun later ask to sit on the mark area”,Ngeno added.
Bishop also said during the service the congregants were able to be sensitized over importance of keeping hygiene to in contact and also spread of the disease.
“We have prohibited sharing of hymn books , Bibles, printed bulletins or any material in the church to avoid one being in contact with others , Furthermore we have reducing the number of physical singing and sanitize microphones at every moment”,He said.
According to reports presented by Inter Faith Council it indicated that all people entering the place of worship has to register themselves by providing physical address to help in contact tracing if incase the emergency occurs.
“I urged you all Christ followers to follow these guidelines seriously so that we may adequately prepare you for the second phase of the reopening of our places of worship”,Ngeno also said.
Bishop call upon each parish elders to assist the faithful s to stock to the health ministry rules .
“Following the presidential directive that people under the age of 13 years and over the aged of 58 as well as those with underlying health conditions shall not attend worship we have asked parents to ensure there children are safe at home and also teach them the word of God”,Ngeno added.