Cross-over Services: CAN Mandates Churches to Comply with COVID-19 Protocols

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has called on Churches nationwide to comply with the protocols put in place by the Federal and State Government as they prepare for the 2020 cross-over service.

Ayokunle affirmed that CAN was in full support of the COVID-19 protocols and directives of the government, noting that the second wave of the pandemic was fast spreading and the ban on cross-over services was a necessary sacrifice to end the pandemic once and for all.

In a statement personally signed by the CAN President, he said, “We understand the unfortunate state COVID19 infection has put everybody world over which caused some state governments to place a total ban on crossover night service and we are not happy that we would not be able to enter into the new year prayerfully in joint fellowship with our brothers and sisters.

“We, however, urge you all to abide by the directives of each state government on this so as to prevent the spread of the infection. There is no sacrifice that is too much, in order to put an end to the pandemic once and for all.

“We advise that, where the government places an embargo on the Crossover Night service, churches may meet earlier to praise and give God praises for the gift of life despite the pandemic and to place their requests for 2021 before God.

“In those states, services should be closed about 10:30 pm or at most 11:00 pm to enable worshippers to return home on time.

Ayokunle expressed optimism that the COVID-19 pandemic would soon be over and social and religious engagement returned to normalcy.

“It (COVID-19 second wave) is a passing phase and this too shall pass away in Jesus Name. Very soon, the pandemic will become history and we will return to our usual routine services in Jesus’ Name,” the cleric added.

He, however, appealed to state governments to relate with the leadership of CAN under their watches for understanding and support on their directives, stressing that they are partners in the progress and development of the country.

“We also call on local government authorities to enforce the COVID-19 protocols in our markets and in the transport sector,” he added

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