Uganda: Archbishop’s pastoral letter to Bishops, clergy and all Christians about partial lockdown

Jun 14, 2021 by

From Church of Uganda website:

[…] I want to make it clear to all of us that this does not mean that churches are closed. No. Churches are not closed.

It may not be possible for us to gather on Sundays for prayer, worship, and Holy Communion, but the church is not closed. The church is people, and we can find other ways to worship, pray, evangelize, and support one another. We have done this before, and we can do this again. In fact, I believe we can do it even better than the first time!

“Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18.18)

Once again, I am calling on all husbands and fathers to step up and take responsibility for leading your families in daily home prayers and in Sunday worship. The Family is the smallest church, and every home needs its “Family Altar.”

In the last lockdown, some churches developed the capacity for online streaming of worship services. I urge you to continue using YouTube, Facebook, and Zoom. We will continue to offer Worship from Home at the Archbishop’s Palace in the coming weeks, and it will be broadcast on local TV stations and the Church of Uganda’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

“Radio Church” should also continue. We are asking all radio stations to collaborate again with the church under these extraordinary circumstances and provide air time on Sunday mornings to broadcast local language worship services.

We also encourage all Bishops to link with local TV stations for ways to broadcast a local language Sunday service through television. 

I also want to encourage Christians to reach out in as many ways as possible – phone calls, text messages, social media – to one another so we continue to encourage one another in our faith. This is especially important for the elderly and those who may be isolated. Please make sure they have the practical, emotional, and spiritual support of the Christian community…

…Yours, in Christ,

The Most Rev. Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba

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