Pastors on the western end of the island are expressing dissatisfaction with the Government’s decision to keep Sunday as a no movement day until October 28. They argue that despite the gathering allowance on no movement days, the church is essentially locked down.
Only Sundays will remain no movement days, effective September 18 to October 28, with the exception of National Heroes’ day, on October 18.
Places of worship will continue to be restricted to 20 persons in attendance, and Sunday worshippers are required to have an authorization form issued by their church in order to attend face-to-face services. But Bishop Dalton Collins of the Faith International Harvest Church in Falmouth, Trelawny says he is extremely disappointed in the Government, citing an attempt to undermine the church.
He says the restrictions will no doubt continue to have a negative impact on his church’s financial affairs. Senior Pastor, Richard Fagan, from Increasing Faith Deliverance Ministries International in Montego Bay, St. James also cites financial strain.
He says while he understands the need to return to normality quickly, the Sunday no movement is a major issue. Both pastors are calling on the Government to revise the measures, pointing to the importance of the face-to-face church especially in a time of crisis.
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