During all the lockdown levels, churches were prevented from performing what was termed the “religious rituals”.
The administering of sacraments and blessings were included in this definition. We have directly, and in conjunction with other denominations, been requesting permission to commence sacraments and blessings.
We have now applied the legislation and adopted certain protocols. We are preparing our ministers to commence bestowing sacraments and blessings as required in the congregations. As always, the health and safety of our members and ministers remain paramount. As we ease our way back to normality, we will commence with the following:
• Pre-natal blessings
• Wedding and anniversary blessings
Your Rectors and Priests are currently being introduced to the required training, provided by our COVID response team, and will be ready to commence the above on 30 November 2020. Your Rectors will advise as to when other acts will commence. I encourage you to watch the available video material below to familiarise yourself with all the new procedural aspects.
As a Church, we need to ensure that all health protocols are observed to the fullest and that the divine service encounter is one of blessing, peace and the experience of God’s presence in His house. As we are observing an increase in positive cases of infection in our country, I earnestly appeal to all to continue to practice the necessary protocols to keep ourselves and others safe. Please avoid large get-togethers as we approach the festive season.
Please join me in praying for the success of this initial implementation as we work our way towards experiencing the full measure of blessings and sacraments.
John L. Kriel
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