By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
It was a colourful reunion in Ogun State as Christians gathered in their various churches to worship after 20 weeks of COVID-19 lockdown.
This is coming four months after churches were closed in line with state directives in compliance with social distancing to checkmate further spread of the virus.
The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, had on July 29, announced that the worship centres would be opened as from Aug 14.
WESTERN POST gathered that the Sunday service was held with an impressive turn out of worshipers.
Places visited by our correspondent were First Baptist Church Ilaro, Open Glory Prayer Ministry, Asero Abeokuta, faith Mission Cherubim & Seraphim Oluwo, Abeokuta.
Our correspondent also gathered that worshipers complied with COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of face masks, washing of hands and observing social distancing.
There were also running taps at strategic points as well as hand sanitizer, soap and infrared thermometers to check the temperature of the faithful at the entrance of the mosque.
Prophet Oluseyi Olutayo General Overseer of Open Glory Prayer Ministry, Off Bola Ajibaola Asero Abeokuta in his message thanked God for keeping him to witness the first Sunday of the reopening of churches after months of total lockdown by state and federal government.
Olutayo, while giving his sermon, enlightened faithful on the preventive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
He, however, admonished both Christians and Muslims to follow all directives of the government in reducing community spread of the virus.
He hailed the government for proactive measures it put in place to curb the spread of the virus, urging members to adhere to all the government safety directives on COVID-19.
Also, Mother in Isreal Kusimo O. A. Faith Mission Cherubim & Seraphim Ago Ododo Agbara Adura thanked God for his reunion in the Lord.
He called on all ministers of God to embark on serious evangelism and crusade.
He urged the Christian faithful, to use the reopening of the Churches as an opportunity to pray for the country and also the end of the pandemic.
Two sections of services were held at First Baptist Church Ilaro, FBC, and the congregations’ temperature were checked before acing the Church.
Our correspondent noticed a big banner with “No Mask, No Entry” posted at the entrance to warn worshippers ahead.
There were also signs on the floor clearly showing the two meters social distance spacing.
Reverend Solomon Jare Olagunade said he feels so excited about the opening of worship centres in the state.
According to him, “I came to the Church to performed my duty to God Almighty and to show how happy I am after many months of not observing my Sunday service.”
He also expressed happiness that all the precautions as stipulated by the government were being followed in the Church.