The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) has announced the closure of all church branches in restricted areas, due to coronavirus pandemic.
KanyiDaily had reported that the Lagos State Government banned all religious gathering including Friday Juma’at prayers and Sunday services throughout the state.
Ogun State Government also placed a ban on any mass gatherings involving more than 50 persons.
A statement after a state-wide broadcast on Thursday in Lagos and Ogun respectively,said the church has shut down all services in the affected states to prevent an outbreak of Coronavirus.
The church also declared 30 days prayer and fasting to seek divine intervention from God against the deadly virus.
The statement signed by the Assistant General Overseer (Administration), Pastor Gbesan Adebambo, in the Church’s headquarters at Onike Iwaya, Lagos, reads in parts:
“We write to draw your attention to the directive from the Governments of Lagos and the Ogun States, respectively, banning all religious meetings and gatherings of more than fifty worshippers as an urgent measure taken to curtail the widespread of the global pandemic coronavirus in the aforementioned states.
“In strict compliance with the government’s directive, you are hereby instructed as follows:
“No services including deliverance ministrations must hold in any of MFM branches at all levels in the Region under your supervision until further notice.
“Likewise, all house fellowship meetings at any of the centres are postponed until further notice.
“All members are to engage in 30 days Personal Prayer Retreat, beginning from Sunday, 22nd March 2020 to Monday, 20th April 2020 and the prayer booklet would be made available free.
“Church premises should not be opened to members/worshipers for services. However, Pastors/Ministers must be positioned at the church entrance gates(s) to attend to the uniformed members, anoint them and hand Personal Prayer booklet over to them.
“Members are to be encouraged to hook up to an online page on which ministration on video will be streamed live from the International Headqautres covering the period of the interim arrangement, connecting through htt://mountainoffire.org/messages. Other online platforms are; MFM youtube, streaming faith prayer, azure and audio-only prayer, MFM Facebook channel and MFM Television.”
KanyiDaily had also reported that the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) changed its mode of services following the ban by the Lagos and Ogun governments in a bid to avoid the spread of coronavirus.