As millions of Christians around the world observe Good Friday, some South African churches said they were ready to hold services under strict safety protocals.
Christian leaders who have spoken to the publication said due to COVID-19, this year’s Easter services will culminate in hybrid formats of both physical and virtual gatherings.
They said time for on-site services would be limited, and multiple sessions have been organized to accommodate as many congregants as possible.
Bishop Nkosinathi Zondi leads the True Vine Community Church which has a presence in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and Mpumalanga.
“We all had to sacrifice last year, but this year we are so grateful that we are able to gather together and celebrate this very important sacrament.”
Zondi said safety officers had been appointed to ensure total compliance with COVID-19 regulations.
Bishop Nkosinathi Miyaka from the Evangelical Lutheran Church said they had organized safe spaces of worship throughout the country.
“We have asked all the committees to check and ensure compliance in terms of numbers, making available sanitizers and water.”
Congregants have been urged to consider using virtual platforms to observe Easter services.
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