Several worship places in Kenya have chosen not to open even after President Uhuru Kenyatta allowed gradual resumption of congregational worship to take effect. On Monday 6th July, the President had announced that places of worship could open its doors as from 14th July in line with the protocols developed by inter-faith Council.
He also said that phased reopening of places of worship would only see 100 congregants allowed into places of worship lasting for an hour. Sunday Schools and Madrassas shall remain suspended until further notice, and in-person worship shall not include congregants under the age of 13 years or above the age of 58 years or persons with underlying conditions.
Among those that have opted for live streaming include: Jamia Mosque, All Saints Cathedral, Christ Is The Answer Ministry (CITAM) Parklands Baptist Church (PBC) and Jubilee Christian Church.
In a statement issued by Jamia Mosque Committee, they said that they would not be opened after consultation with Muslim members of inter-faith and Da’wah committee members as envisioned. This is because of the guidelines issued to limit prayers to only 100 persons per session which is not practical for Jamia Mosque Nairobi given its centrality in the Central Business District of the capital city.
Senior Pastor, Rev. Ambrose Nyangao said that the limit of 100 people per session will not be sufficient for them and that a significant portion of their members are families which affect the directive that persons below 13 years and above 58 years avoid attending services.
“We are therefore concerned that the wholesome family fellowship which we greatly value will be affected if we reopen under the current guidelines,” he said.
He further said that “We shall not have physical gatherings taking place and therefore wish to continue airing our online services. It is our earnest prayer and desire that we each take individual and collective responsibility to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the risk of infection.”
Citam announced through their social media platforms that their assemblies would not open immediately however they will their common ministry on the Citam Broadcasting services on Hope TV, Hope FM and Citam Church Online Platforms.
“All Citam assemblies shall remain closed until further notice. This is especially in the interest of preserving lives in this period when the Covid-19 infections are rising sharply. We shall continue to monitor the situation and advise accordingly.” Presiding Bishop, Rev.David Oginde said. “We shall continue to monitor the situation and advise accordingly.”