Eng. Moses Wakulera, a resident of Kigoowa suburb in Kampala is one of those who hold Sunday services in their homes. He says that they started congregating as a family in their sitting room but as time went by a few neighbors asked to join them.
resorted to small prayer groups following the nationwide closure of churches
because of the Covid19 pandemic.
Prayers houses have remained under lock and
key since March 18th when President, Yoweri Museveni banned
congregational prayers and all forms of social gatherings to contain the spread
Several Christians resorted
to praying via television, radio, social media platforms and other remote
collaboration tools shortly after the ban came into force. However, as
time went by several religious leaders and faithfuls started pushing government
to lift the suspension in congregational prayers, saying they need to pray for
haven’t yielded results. Now, several Christian families have resorted to congregating
in small numbers. The family members engage in praise and worship under the guidance
of a family member.
Eng. Moses Wakulera, a resident of Kigoowa suburb in
Kampala is one of those who hold Sunday services in their homes. He says that they
started congregating as a family in their sitting room but as time went by a
few neighbours asked to join them.
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Wakulera notes that with more people coming, they moved to the compound where
they can observe physical distancing thus forming up a ‘min-church’ for the
last one and half month.
Our reporter visited Wakulera’s family this
Sunday where he found people from at least four families praying in the compound.
The eldest daughter led the worship session while the mother stood in as the
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Elijah Kenneth Baingere, Wakulera’s son notes that praying on television and
radio looked far fetched. He says some of his siblings would interrupt the
prayer session and tune into their favourite channels.
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Eng. Wakulera also
adds that the idea of praying on TV was not so practical since at times they
would suffer power cuts or the TV signal could be off, which means they could
Diana Akello, one of
the neighbours that congregate at Wakulera’s home, says praying from home doesn’t
have the same appeal for everyone yet worship is an essential part of life. She
however, notes that although she can’t congregate with the masses at her church
due to the risk of contracting COVID-19, she felt praying with her neighbours
could bridge the gap.
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Although they have created ‘min-churches’, they are still aware of the Covid19
pandemic. She explains that before one is allowed in, they must wear a mask and
also sanitize their hands.
Francis Kato, a
resident of Nsumbi in Wakiso Sub-county also holds similar prayers at his home
with a few neighbours and friends. Kato says that he sees no harm for him to
gather with his neighbours to pray.
“We are in some community. Our children play together and none of us is sick. So
we have decided to congregate every Sunday and praise the lord,” Kato stressed
before asking the government to reopen churches.