We welcome Pres Ramaphosa’s announcement about churches being allowed to reopen in Level 3 (not Level 4). Here are few important things to note seriously:
(1) NO church service this coming Sunday.
There is no going back to church building on Sunday (31 May 2020) because we shall still be in Level 4. Level 3 will begin on 1 June 2020.
(2) We encourage ministers & church councils / executives to use Level 3 as a period of putting in place all required measures so that when we resume worshipping together, probably with stipulated number of worshippers our church members will be protected.
(3) While the SA SYNOD-UCCSA Leadership has prepared Health & Safety Guidelines we shall only send them out this coming weekend or early next week after the government’s briefing on what exactly it means to reopen the churches. You may recall that in our letter to Pres Ramaphosa we specifically & humbly requested a “phased” reopening so that churches can be able to make necessary preparations first before resuming worship services. The President & Command Council have listened to our request. Now it is up to us to do the right thing & be responsible. So no church service on Sunday.
(4) In the meantime please receive the letter from the SACC providing us with guidance on this issue.