At least one member-church of the Antigua Christian Council – the Moravian Church – has announced plans to transition all services to virtual platforms with immediate effect due to COVID-19 concerns.
In a circular sent to its members the Moravian Church said, “After prayerful consideration and out of the abundance of caution, the Executive Board and Ministerial Staff of the Moravian Church Antigua Conference have agreed to transition exclusively to online worship services in light of the rise in cases of the Coronavirus, COVID-19 in Antigua and Barbuda.”
The decision will affect the remaining services for February and according to the circular, it will come up for review on 4th March.
“This will take effect from Sunday, 21st February – Sunday, 28th February, 2021. With immediate effect Funeral Services will be conducted at the cemetery only. A limit of 25 persons, as stipulated by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda are allowed at the cemetery,” it stated.
The Moravian Church is asking its members to “be guided accordingly.” It added that board meetings and other scheduled meetings should continue via conference call or other online media such as Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, etcetera, as the circumstances allow.
“Only have physical meetings if there are no other options,” it declared.
Prior Church decisions will remain in effect. These include visitations, which are still suspended in an effort to safeguard the sick or elderly who may be at risk. In the interim, it is advising pastors, elders, stewards and the general membership to call to check on persons by telephone and help as needed.