By Jack Lapidus
THE Sunday service at St Thomas’s Cathedral Kuching was unusually quiet today with less than 40 members attending the morning 6.45am, 8.15am and 10am services.
According to The Borneo Post, thousands of Anglican congregation members opted to go through their Sunday service obligations via the church’s Facebook live stream over fears of Covid-19.
This also follows the advisory notice by the Bishop of the Anglican Church in Sarawak and Brunei, the Right Reverend Datuk Danald Jute, and the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee to avoid further spread of the virus.
An advisory notice was issued on Friday to suspend all church activities including Sunday services from today until April 1.
Danald said the usual congregation would have between 1,000 to 2,000 members in attendance.
“While we are prepared to stop people from coming into church in large numbers by having to send out the advisory that mass gatherings for worship are suspended, we are pleased that people are taking heed of our advise but not from worship because they can still worship in the safety of their homes,” he said.
For the small number of congregation members who attended today’s services, they had to enter via the cathedral’s front entrance as other entry points were closed.
They were also screened by church volunteers prior to entering the church.
During communion, the sacrament breads were handed to the congregation members by the volunteers as opposed to being directly given by the priests.