SDA Churches to reopen on May 23rd, 2020

For the past five Sabbaths, the doors of our churches remained closed, while we had virtual

National church services streamed and broadcasted live from Mt Moriah. We express our

thanks to the Mt Moriah Church, the Communication team and all the facilitators for making

these worship sessions possible. While many would have accessed these services and were.

Blessed, there are others who missed going to the local church for individual programming.

Driving or walking to church or even opening up the doors of the church building for praise

and worship is in itself a means of witnessing and blessing for which I can understand your


Upon the advice of the Ministry of Health to Faith Based Organizations, we believe that we can

now re-open our churches for local progranmming, while observing the recommended Health

and Safety Protocols. As such, I would like to announce that this Sabbath, May 16 will be the

last for our National Virtual Programming and from Sabbath May 23 we will reopen the

individual churches for local programming

In compliance with the Ministry of Heath protocols, Administration is recommending the

following guidelines:

1) That the seating be re-arranged to facilitate physical distancing of 3-6 ft apart of each

other, with each church determining the maximum number of persons it can

accommodate at any one particular service..

2) Where attendance is large and physical distancing can be compromised that multiple

services be arranged, with each service not being longer than 1 and1/2 hours. In this

regard, each church administration will determine the plan and strategy for leading the

services and who will attend which service.

3) That we continue to practice good hygiene habits such as washing of hands regularly,

covering of cough, disinfecting frequently used rooms, sanitizing instruments and

mierophones, wearing of face masks and avoiding close contacts such as hugging, kissing

and hand-shaking.

4) That the services be short, sweet, inspiring and uplifting, preferably from 9:30-11:30am

or 10:00-12:00 noon for single services. Such services should be well planned in advance,

duly coordinated and properly executed.

5) AY Programs and week night services would be determined by each church


6) Churches that have been doing weekly streaming before the shut down will resume such

live streaming accordingly.

7) That each church establish a COVID-19 Consultation & Monitoring Committe to give

direction and guidance to the church to facilitate this new reality.


Brothers and Sisters, cOVID-19 has caused enormous disruption to life and living around the

world. Things this side of life may never be the same again. Psalm 40:8 encourages us to take

delight in doing the will of God. Whatever the future holds, let's ensure that we resign ourselves

to understanding, knowing and doing God's will. On Wednesday night, May 13 we celebrated

the mid-way mark of the 100 days prayer initiative instituted by the General Conference.

Let's make this initiative part of our daily experience as we commit ourselves to Kingdom

building. May the Lord continue to bless us abundantly!

Sincerely Yours

Dermoth Baptiste


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