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Churches plan to reopen slowly

Payaniandi says: "We will be using this time to observe the spread of the virus in our community and then come to a decision on how best to go forward."

Since lockdown was introduced in March, church attendance was prohibited by the government.

As of level three, the majority of churches remain close; however, many churches in the Springs area are looking to open the end of June.

The Springs Trinity Methodist Church says they hope to open their doors toward the end of the month, but will put the safety of their community first.

However, they are offering services every Sunday at 8.30am, which will be streamed live from their Facebook page.

They are also offering midweek services every Wednesday.

Dr David Payaniandi, pastor at Turning Point Ministries, says the church will slowly start preparing for reopening but will only do so when they are sure it is completely safe.

The church asked its members through an online petition whether they would prefer an online service or real-life services and have decided to open the church on June 27.

Payaniandi says: “We will be using this time to observe the spread of the virus in our community and then come to a decision on how best to go forward.

“We are not going to take any chances on any person’s health.”

Decontamination of the church has already taken place and hand sanitisers have been put in place.

The church will continue to host their Sunday services online, along with a midweek service every Wednesday.

Sunday School will only open once all the schools in Springs have been safely opened.

The Geduld Methodist Church also hosts an online service every Sunday.

Also read: Geduld Methodist Church always ready to help

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