Bishop Joshua Lwere, the Overseer of the National Fellowship of Born-Again Pentecostal Churches and senior pastor of Grace Assembly Church says that since most public places have reopened, there is no justification why worshipping places remain closed.
Pastor David Kiganda says he is going to moblise the faithful to wear sack-cloths. Courtesy Photo
The National Fellowship of Born-Again Pentecostal Churches has
developed Standard Operating Procedures which they will adhere to if churches
and other worshiping places are reopened.
In March President Yoweri Museveni directed the
closure all places of worship with immediate to tame the spread of Covid-19.
Bishop Joshua Lwere, the Overseer of the National Fellowship of
Born-Again Pentecostal Churches and senior pastor of Grace Assembly Church says
that since most public places have reopened, there is no justification why worshiping places should remain closed.
“We are saying that churches can operate in a given way. These are organized
places. To this effect, we have developed Standard Operating Procedures for
both rural and urban churches. We are going to submit them to the authorities
for review,” says Bishop Lwere.
Bishop Lwere says that the SOPs will guide on the sitting capacity of churches,
how faithful will enter and exit worshiping places in addition to the social
distance and other health requirements before, during, and after services. He
adds that a similar arrangement has been discussed by the inter-religious
The development comes at a time when Christianity focus centre ministries’ lead
pastor David Kiganda has threatened to mobilize the faithful to wear sacks
starting on Wednesday if the government doesn’t reopen churches.
“If God’s houses remain closed, we shall have no other option than putting on
sack-cloth as a sign of lamentation for our government,” Pastor Kiganda told
this reporter before quoting the scriptures.
Pastor Kiganda had earlier posted a picture on his social media handle wearing
sackcloth with words inscribed “I can’t breathe”. In the book of Esther,
sackcloth was used as a symbol of mourning and debasement.
Although in many Christian denominations assembling for worship is critical to
the faith, many churches adapted to the pandemic by holding virtual or
Since the government started a phased re-opening of the country,
several religious leaders and faithful have asked the President to lift the
But, Pastor Solomon Male, the head of Arising for Christ
Ministries, notes that the push for reopening of churches at this moment is not
Godly but rather driven by ministers who want to make money from the already
“What is wrong with praying from home? These so-called ministers of God turned
fraudsters are now plotting for means to start milking money out of their
blindfolded followers. The lockdown had separated them from their ‘milk cows’,”