Pastor Martin Okidi of the Gulu Bible Community Church in his sermon rallied the congregation to embrace the COVID-19 vaccination for a corona-free country and avoidance of more lockdowns and restrictions.
Churches reopened on Sunday after almost four months of closure,
with a call to Christians to embrace the vaccination.
On Wednesday, President Museveni reopened places of worship with
only 200 congregants observing all the Standard Operating Procedures- SOPs. The places
of worship were closed in June following a surge in the number of covid-19
Most of the churches adhered to the SOPs that included the wearing of masks, availing handwashing stations as well as maintaining
However, some churches were overwhelmed by the high turn up and could
not make the practice social distancing.
At Namirembe Cathedral, the Dean, Rev Canon Joshua Kisawuzi thanked
the government for reopening the Churches and other places of worship. He says that the Churches have reopened at a
time when there is a need for spiritual renewal following criminal acts that
include murder, rape and defilement and theft that are rampant in the country.
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At all Saints Cathedral, the Assistant Provost Reverend Hillary
Jafu castigated people who are de-campaigning the ongoing covid-19 vaccination
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Some of the Christians were excited that places of worship
have been reopened after four months and say that they have been gearing up for today's prayers.
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At the Sacred Heart Lubaga Cathedral, Rev.Fr Achilles Mayanja the
administrator urged the Christians to adhere to the SOPs by regularly wearing
masks, washing hands and sanitizing to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
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Lubaga Cathedral has organized six masses from 7 am to 12 noon with
each mass going for one hour to enable the Christians to attend mass physically.
Due to the overwhelming numbers the church has also improvised the Cathedral
Hall for worship.
There was high adherence to the standard operating procedures SOPs
with each Christian told sanitize before accessing church.
Jordan Kasiita an Usher at Lubaga Cathedral says that the
Christians adhered to the SOPs.
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Vincent Alexander Kitayimbwa, a christian says that although they have been
attending mass online, they are happy the Churches have opened.
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At Christ, the King church in Kampala, more
than six automatic hand sanitizers were installed in different areas of the Church.
Donald Bamutiire an Usher at Christ the King says that the church
is yet to procure Temperature guns.
Timothy Kimbugwe at Christianity focus centre in Kisenyi says that
they have put in place four services every Sunday to enable all the believers to
attend church physically.
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At Christian life church Bwaise, parents who came for
prayers with their children were turned away.
In Gulu at Rosary Church in Pece-Laroo division, there were two
security personnel at the church`s main entry taking body temperatures of each
Christian before entering and directing everyone to wear a face mask before entry.
Inside the Church, social distancing was observed but the number of Christians
was beyond the required 200 much as several other people were asked to attend
the mass from outside.
In his sermon during the second mass, Reverend Father Phillips Okidi asked the
Christians to observe the SOPs and health ministry`s guidelines to curb the
spread of the disease.
Pastor Martin Okidi of the Gulu Bible Community Church in his sermon rallied
the congregation to embrace the COVID-19 vaccination for a corona-free country
and to avoid more restrictions.
Doreen Atimango, one of the Christians at Holy Rosary Church who attended the
first mass told URN that she had for long for the reopening of the Church and
could not miss prayers on the first day.
Meanwhile, at St Phillips Cathedral in Bardege-Layibi division, more than 500
Christians attended the ordaining of eleven priests and deacons by the Outgoing
Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Uganda Jonhson Gakumba and his successor
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