Coronavirus can’t stop Palm Sunday service
Palm Sunday saw the Outreach Feed My Sheep Ministries Church on Orange Street in downtown Kingston live and in full effect.
One could hear shouts and praise coming from some distance away.
When THE STAR team did a count, 10 people were inside the church, with four congregants on the outside, marching up and down the sidewalk chanting the gospel.
Pastor of the church, Minister Brendalin Little-Brooks, told THE STAR that since the prime minister's announcement that no more than 10 people should be in a space simultaneously, the church has been complying.
"We understand what is going on and it's very serious. The Government has said that only 10 persons are to be in a surrounding and are not to be too close together. We actually have more than 10 persons and some have stayed home. And even when we decide to come, we ensure that we do a count, that only 10 persons are in the sanctuary at a time," she said.
In addition to the headcount, she said that they had taken other precautions.
"What we also do is have a bucket right at the door. We ensure that the bucket is filled with hand sanitiser and we ensure that everybody is sanitised before they enter the sanctuary," she said.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, the church would usually have prayer sessions that would require participants to huddle closely. They have discontinued such activities for the time being.
"We would get so close to persons, touching them and delivering them. We have stopped that now because we understand what is going on and even though we're serving God, we have to obey the laws of the land. So as much as possible, we are working with the Government to ensure that this is done," Brooks said.
One congregant said that she is concerned about her health and so she opted to worship from outside.
"We are concerned about the coronavirus. That's why we don't allow many people to come in the church. We follow the rules and make certain people stay inside and the others stay outside on the sidewalk. I don't go inside. We are obeying the law," she said.