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Church closures necessary to reduce ‘overall spread’ of coronavirus, says Prime Minister

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was "so sorry" to force places of worship to close but it was necessary to bring down the R numberReutersThe Prime Minister has defended plans to close churches and other places of worship during the second national lockdown starting in England on Thursday. The new restrictions on places of... Read more

North Carolina Pentecostal Church Ordered to Close after Coronavirus Outbreak

North Carolina Pentecostal Church Ordered to Close after Coronavirus Outbreak (RNS) A Charlotte, North Carolina, church was declared an imminent hazard and ordered closed until Nov. 6 after an outbreak of COVID-19 led to more than 121 cases and at least three deaths. The closure took effect Saturday (Oct. 24).The abatement order from the states... Read more

3 from John MacArthurs Church Test Positive for Coronavirus

3 from John MacArthurs Church Test Positive for Coronavirus Three individuals in a California megachurch that has opposed pandemic health restrictions have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.The health department said it will work with the congregation, Grace Community Church, to determine if the virus has spread... Read more

A Coronavirus Outbreak Has Hit John MacArthur’s Church, Which Refused to Socially Distance | RELEVANT

Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California defied L.A. County orders to abide by social distancing guidelines, with its influential pastor John MacArthur urging other churches to follow their lead. Now, the church has been struck with a coronavirus outbreak, with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reporting three confirmed cases. Public health... Read more

Samaritan’s Purse to Set Up Coronavirus Field Hospital in the Bahamas

Samaritan's Purse to Set Up Coronavirus Field Hospital in the Bahamas (RNS) First the tents went up in Cremona, Italy. Then New York City. And now in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas.Its been a busy year for Samaritans Purse, the humanitarian relief organization led by Franklin Graham. On Thursday (Oct. 15), the group announced it... Read more

RT Kendall asks for prayer after stepmother dies from coronavirus

RT KendallRT Kendall is asking people to keep his family in their prayers as he prepares to lay his stepmother to rest.   The beloved Christian writer and speaker shared the news on Twitter that his stepmother Abbie died on Sunday from coronavirus.  She was 103.  "She will be buried next to my father who died... Read more

The dangers of coronavirus ‘are not over yet’, Queen tells Church

(Photo: BBC)The Church of Scotland's General Assembly opened online on Friday with a letter from the Queen in which she said she "greatly admired" its response to Covid-19.  It is the first time the Kirk's General Assembly has ever been held remotely after the physical gathering scheduled for May was cancelled due to the pandemic. ... Read more

Francis Chan cautions Church over coronavirus divisions

(Photo: Pexels/Markus Spiske)Francis Chan has lamented divisions in society over responses to the pandemic, but he also fears that churches are no different.  The Crazy Love author shared his thoughts about the pandemic while in conversation with Gospel for Asia founder KP Yohannan.  "How is the world ever going to recover, the division, the anger, the economy? It's... Read more

Fight against coronavirus is at a ‘critical moment’, say Church leaders

(Photo: Unsplash/Jordan Harrison)Church of Ireland leaders are praying for "brighter days ahead" as more restrictions are imposed across the island in the fight against coronavirus.  In a statement to coincide with Harvest, the Archbishop of Armagh, John McDowell, and the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson, said it was a "critical moment" in the island's... Read more

Kenyan girls at risk for teen pregnancy and FGM due to Coronavirus – Mission Network News

Kenya (MNN) The current Coronavirus pandemic has stretched its arms worldwide, and young girls in Kenya are greatly feeling its affects. With the closings of schools, many girls have become desperate for ways to get access to necessary items. There are things that a girl child cannot go without, Tumaini, a board member with FMI... Read more

6 Challenges Teachers Are Facing with Coronavirus

Teaching has never been an easy job. The demands on time, emotions, and mental health have always been challenges teachers face, but they do it because they love their students and have a deep desire for them to succeed. However, the 2020 pandemic has created a torrent of challenges that teachers are doing their best... Read more

At Least Six Teachers Have Died With Coronavirus So Far This Semester | RELEVANT

The Washington Post reports that at least six educators from places like Missouri, Mississippi, South Carolina, Iowa and Oklahoma have passed away since the start of the fall semester. It’s a stark reminder of the threat still looming over a country that has struggled to contain the COVID-19 pandemic even as many areas attempt to... Read more

US Senate Fails to Approve Coronavirus Relief Package

US Senate Fails to Approve Coronavirus Relief Package The US Senate failed to approve a coronavirus relief package on Thursday.Democrats in the Senate said the Republican-sponsored rescue package doesnt provide enough relief.The Senate voted 52 to 47 in Thursdays vote.All the present Democrats voted against, while conservative Rand Paul, R-Ky., cast the only GOP vote... Read more

Israel to Impose Curfews on Cities Where Coronavirus Cases Have Spiked

Israel to Impose Curfews on Cities Where Coronavirus Cases Have Spiked Israel is set to start imposing a curfew in some cities where coronavirus cases have continued to climb.According to CBN News, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu planned for the curfews to take effect Monday, but health officials and politicians delayed the curfews.The curfews will now... Read more

A Prayer for Hopeless Moments during the Coronavirus

Its easy for one to tell someone to stay encouraged and to not lose hope. But when your world is shaken with schedules disturbed, social life halted, plans interrupted, and fear around every corner, its hard to maintain hope. Especially when all we see in the news, in social media, in our circumstances, have hopelessness... Read more

UK Government must increase overseas aid spending to fight coronavirus – World Vision

Over half of UK adults support increased overseas aid spending to tackle coronavirusBritish people are largely supportive of the UK Government spending more on overseas aid to combat Covid-19 as fears abound of a second wave, a World Vision poll has found.  The survey found that three quarters of UK adults (77%) are concerned about... Read more

94% of COVID-19 deaths in USA had ‘other contributing health conditions’; Only 6% list Coronavirus alone

A file photo shows a nurse wearing personal protective equipment watching an ambulance driving away outside of Elmhurst Hospital during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Queens borough of New York, U.S.A.ReutersIt has been revealed that just 6 percent of deaths attributed to coronavirus in the United States list Covid-19 as the... Read more

10 Verses to Guide Your Prayers for This Coronavirus School Year

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.When I think about the state of the world my kids have to grow... Read more

The Coronavirus Cannot Keep Us from Singing

Singing unifies us. We open our mouths, herald Gods praises, and many voices join together as one. Yet, over the years, believers have had sharp debates about music and singing. Sometimes we have let our differing views threaten our harmony. The coronavirus pandemic has provided a new opportunity for Christians to disagree about singing. Some... Read more

Kamala Harris: Reproductive Injustice Has Helped Spread Coronavirus

Kamala Harris: Reproductive Injustice Has Helped Spread Coronavirus Democratic Vice-Presidential Nominee Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi each mentioned the partys defense of legalized abortion Wednesday during the third night of the all-virtual Democratic National Convention.Harris, who accepted her partys nomination for vice president, referenced abortion when discussing how the coronavirus pandemic... Read more

Sean Feucht Is Being Accused of Spreading Coronavirus Misinformation on Social Media | RELEVANT Magazine

Worship leader and former congressional candidate Sean Feucht was already under scrutiny for his open-air worship nights which are being held in defiance of COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. Videos of his events show few (if any) facemasks and social distancing, and Feucht tells Fox News that this is his way of standing up to state-mandated... Read more

Spike in coronavirus infections in Latin America slams Christian workers

Latin America (CAM) — Its not easy overseeing churches in Latin America, a new hot spot for the spread of COVID-19 that is crushing already troubled economies.Latin America surpassed Europe last week as the region with the highest COVID-19 death toll. Christian Aid Mission reports the director of a ministry based in Chile had already... Read more

Death of ‘Well-Loved’ Texas Pastor Shows Coronavirus Spread to Rural Areas

Death of 'Well-Loved' Texas Pastor Shows Coronavirus Spread to Rural Areas (RNS) A small United Methodist church in Texas is absolutely heartbroken after losing its pastor to COVID-19 as the pandemic spreads to rural areas of the country previously spared by the virus, according to its district superintendent.The Rev. Tom Wood, pastor of... Read more

Pastor John MacArthur says he’ll ‘obey God rather than men’ on coronavirus closures

John MacArthur(Photo: YouTube/Grace Community Church)Pastor John MacArthur has said he is prepared to be faithful to God instead of the authorities in California, which went into lockdown for a second time last month. MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church, in Sun Valley, has been threatened with fines and even arrest for resisting lockdown orders by... Read more

Will God Heal Me if I Get the Coronavirus?

Over the past several days, the World Health Organization officially designated COVID-19 (or the coronavirus) as a pandemic. Not only are many people understandably concerned about getting the virus, but more than that they wonder if they will recover from it. Or for Christians, many are wondering whether God will heal them or not if... Read more

Developing countries facing coronavirus ‘catastrophe’ – report

A Christian Aid worker hands a bag of essential items to a Rohingya refugee in the Cox's Bazar camp, Bangladesh.(Photo: Christian Aid)A new report by Christian Aid has warned of a global "catastrophe" as the economic, social and political impact of Covid-19 around the world continues to unfold.  The 'Building Back with Justice' report calls... Read more

Coronavirus ‘has hit church income hard’ – Stewardship

(Photo: Unsplash/Nick Fewings)Many churches have experienced a drop in income since the start of the pandemic, says Stewardship, which is encouraging them to consider online giving as a way to reverse the decline. While many churches have started to re-open for Sunday worship in the past few weeks, Stewardship said that the months of lockdown... Read more

John MacArthur says Grace Community Church will remain open despite coronavirus prohibitions

John MacArthur(Photo: Grace Community Church)Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in California has declared that his church would continue to hold in-person services with full congregations, in breach of restrictions in the state that ban in-person church services. Pastor MacArthur explained the Biblical basis for his decision in an announcement made on Friday, stating:... Read more

Bible Societies around the world at threat of closure over coronavirus

(Photo: Unsplash/MD Duran)The financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has left dozens of Bible Societies around the world at risk of closure.  The impact of lockdown across many countries has halted the sale of Bibles through the Societies, while also impeding vital fundraising work in local churches.  In some countries, like Jordan, Burkina Faso and... Read more

Virtual evensong to raise money for cathedral choirs feeling the strain from coronavirus

TV presenter Alexander Armstrong and news reader Katie Derham are lending their support to a virtual evensong to raise money for cathedral choirs struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The virtual evensong has been made possible by 21 choral scholars from Church of England cathedrals across the south-west of England.  Armstrong and... Read more