In the face of increasing public health concerns over the spread of coronavirus, some Christians are responding with Bible verses like 2 Timothy 1:7 to calm the growing panic. Meanwhile, many houses of worship also have practical solutions, like adjusting communion practices or live streaming sermons, to limit the potential of COVID-19 from spreading through churches and other communities of faith.
UK churchgoers taking part in communion in an Anglican Church can no longer drink wine from the common cup. Also, direct physical contact as part of a blessing or ‘laying on of hands’ has been suspended. These measures were implemented by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York as part of an update to the Church of England’s coronavirus guidance for churches, announced last evening.
The Israeli government announced effective today, that any tourist entering the country will be placed in a 14-day quarantine to halt the spread of COVID-19. The announcement has affected thousands of would-be pilgrims planning to visit the Holy Land for Easter.
Scotland’s Destiny Church has begun looking for 150,000 pounds sterling to cover costs of legal action against Edinburgh Council. This stems from cancellation of a booking that the church made at the city’s Usher Hall for its annual conference. The cancellation came after the venue said it had received complaints about comments deemed to be hateful of homosexuality made previously by one of the church’s main speakers. According to the church the outcome of this case will have wide implications.
Several churches in Germany have pledged their support for evangelist Franklin Graham ahead of his June preaching appearances. This, in the face of calls for him to be denied. An increased level of opposition to Mr. Graham’s tour arose after a member of the German Bundestag in Cologne wrote to the venue calling for it not to accommodate the hate preacher.