Despite the new directive that prohibit gatherings of more than 50 and in some states, and 20 in others, the Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, held a mega service at the church’s headquarters, known as Canaanland in Ota, Ogun State.
iBrandTV reported a memo from the Church instructing each of its provinces to create more cells in members’ houses as part of efforts to reduce large gatherings.
A source, however, told Qed.ng on Sunday that a press release by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) changed the church’s direction.
“After that memo by the church, CAN made a release later in the evening that, for those who may not be aware and still come nationwide, the forum or service should be used to sensitize them about Coronavirus, need to stay at home and how to worship henceforth in the meantime, praying for the nation and world and all that. Just for public awareness.
“So we can describe it as a ‘public awareness service’. Very few people, as expected, were not aware and came. They were properly educated.
“Even up till 10 pm Saturday, we were still not sure it should hold. Leadership was reluctant and put a call across to CAN. But they said it is the responsibility of churches to properly sensitize ignorant members.”