Seminaries reopen in China – but where are the students? – Mission Network News

China (MNN) — While most of the world is still in the trenches with COIVID-19, some regions are starting to look to the future. China, once ground zero for the pandemic, has seen loser lockdown restrictions and fewer cases as the country attempts to move back toward regular life. That includes seminaries that China Partner... Read more

Supreme Court Denies Nevada Church’s Request to Reopen Like Casinos, Restaurants

Supreme Court Denies Nevada Church's Request to Reopen Like Casinos, Restaurants In a 5-4 decision on Friday, the Supreme Court denied a Nevada churchs request to be exempt from the states 50-person cap on gatherings.Christianity Today reports that Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley contended that it should be able to meet at 50 percent... Read more

‘We Love You Too Much to Open Our Doors’: Andy Stanley Shares Why His Church Won’t Reopen until 2021

'We Love You Too Much to Open Our Doors': Andy Stanley Shares Why His Church Won't Reopen until 2021 In a rare interview spree, megachurch pastor Andy Stanley of North Point Ministries is speaking out on his churchs decision to not gather until 2021 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.Stanley made the announcement... Read more

CDC Director, President Trump Push for Schools to Reopen in the Fall

CDC Director, President Trump Push for Schools to Reopen in the Fall President Donald Trump said this week he wants students to head back to the classroom this fall.His announcement comes as the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and as many states in the country show increases in cases.Still, according to CBN... Read more

Churches in China Allowed to Reopen Only after Showing Loyalty to the Communist Party

Churches in China Allowed to Reopen Only after Showing Loyalty to the Communist Party As COVID-19 restrictions continue to be lifted in China, churches across the country are starting to plan their reopening.It appears, however, some churches are not being allowed to reconvene until congregants sing the national anthem and the national flag... Read more

Churches to re-open for public worship on 4 July

(Photo: Pexels/Brett Sayles)The Government has confirmed that churches in England can resume public worship from 4 July. The long-awaited announcement came from Boris Johnson in the Commons on Tuesday. The re-opening of churches covers services as well as weddings up to a maximum of 30 people, subject to social distancing measures. Churches in England have already been able... Read more

China locks down Beijing as churches start to reopen – Mission Network News

China (MNN) Bibles are hard to come by in China, and the story of the Gospel is needed in the country now more than ever. China has dealt more quickly with itscoronavirusoutbreak than many other countries, but also with more draconian lockdown measures. For months, China has been free of any severe COVID-19 spikes, but... Read more

Welsh churches to re-open for private prayer

(Photo: Unsplash/Hermes Rivera)Churches in Wales can re-open for private prayer from Monday, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced. The Welsh Government said at its coronavirus briefing that it would be further easing lockdown restrictions, with non-essential shops also set to re-open after the weekend. While churches can open again for private prayer following strict safety measures,... Read more

When Churches Reopen, Don’t Sing or Shake Hands, Do Make Sermons Short, Says New Guide

When Churches Reopen, Don't Sing or Shake Hands, Do Make Sermons Short, Says New Guide (RNS) An ecumenical group of clergy, scientists and other experts has released a guide to help congregations consider best practices for reopening for worship.Among their suggestions:Refrain from congregational singing. Clap or stomp instead.Preachers, shorten your sermon.Congregants, mouth your... Read more

Churches may be allowed to re-open for collective worship from 4 July

Lord Greenhalgh met virtually with faith leaders to discuss the full re-opening of places of worshipA senior Government minister has suggested churches may be able to resume collective worship from July 4.After the Government announced churches could open for private prayer from 15 June, faith minister Lord Greenhalgh told a webinar hosted by the Religion... Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols says it’s time for churches to re-open

Vincent Nichols said it was time for the phased re-opening of church buildingsReutersThe head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has questioned why car showrooms and outdoor markets are allowed to re-open to the public but not church buildings.With many restrictions easing and non-essential shops opening again in a couple of weeks, Cardinal Vincent... Read more

Christian leaders in call for churches to be allowed to re-open

(Photo: Pexels/Brett Sayles)Christian leaders from different denominations have issued a joint call to the Government to review continued church closures over Covid-19.In their letter, they ask the Government to urgently review lockdown measures preventing churches from re-opening to the public, calling them both unneccessary and unlawful. While the Government has moved to allow smaller social gatherings... Read more

California Churches to Reopen under Governor Newsom’s New Guidelines

California Churches to Reopen under Governor Newsom's New Guidelines Churches in California are being permitted to reopen for the first time since closing its doors back in March because of stay at home orders over the coronavirus pandemic.Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new guidelines on Memorial Day in which California churches are able to... Read more

MPs urge Boris Johnson to allow churches to re-open

(Photo: Pexels/Brett Sayles)A group of MPs has written to Boris Johnson questioning why shoppers can go to a "busy supermarket" but people in need of spiritual sustenance cannot go to a largely empty church to pray. The letter, seen by The Telegraph, calls for churches to re-open to allow people to come in for private prayer, weddings... Read more

When Will Our Church Buildings Reopen?

This weekend many pastors across America will face a situation they never would have imagined: preaching an Easter sermon to a congregation trapped in their homes. We should be exceedingly grateful that the Lord has given us the technology to make remote preaching possible. But our appreciation does not dull the sense of loss that... Read more

Minnesota Church Leaders Call 10 Person Limit at Services ‘Unfair,’ Plan to Re-Open despite Restrictions

Minnesota Church Leaders Call 10 Person Limit at Services 'Unfair,' Plan to Re-Open despite Restrictions Catholic and Lutheran church leaders in Minnesota say state rules that only allow 10 people in a worship service are unfair.Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz recently opened retail locations to serve up to 50 percent capacity, according to CBN... Read more

Trump declares churches are ‘essential,’ orders them to reopen: We need more prayer, not less

President Trump Easter MessageWhite HouseDonald Trump has declared that churches are "essential services" and ordered governors to allow places of worship to reopen.In a statement to reporters from the White House on Friday, May 22, Trump told reporters:"Today I'm identifying houses of worship churches, synagogues and mosques as essential places that provide essential services."Some governors... Read more

Will colleges and universities re-open in the fall? – Mission Network News

USA (MNN) — Lets talk about the big question hanging over every college student what will my college do for the fall semester? The pandemic put much of life on hold, and while some areas are going back to semi-normal, universities have a tough call. York Moore with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has met with several... Read more