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France to review Covid-19 restrictions on churches

The French Council of State sided with bishops in calling the measures "disproportionate".(Photo: Unsplash/Bethany Beck)France is to review a cap on the number of people who can attend in-person church services after Catholic bishops complained.  The French government announced last week that the limit on attendance would be set at 30 people, a cap that... Read more

Survey reveals increasing support for defying church coronavirus restrictions

(Photo: Unsplash/Carolina Jacomin)Americans are more likely to support the defiance of restrictions on public worship now than they were at the start of the pandemic. Researchers found that just over a third of Americans (34%) were supportive of church congregations defying government orders to stop gathering in person for worship.  This is a sizeable jump... Read more

US Supreme Court blocks New York restrictions on places of worship

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.ReutersNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling favoring religious organizations in a dispute over Covid-19 restrictions, "irrelevant" and not... Read more

Broadway Actor Comes Under Fire for Speaking Out against COVID Restrictions on Churches

Broadway Actor Comes Under Fire for Speaking Out against COVID Restrictions on Churches Tony Award-nominated Broadway actor Chad Kimball received pushback this week after he publicly disagreed with Washington state authorities over COVID-19 restrictions on churches, CBN reported.Kimball, who lives in Seattle, disagreed in a tweet with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who recently tightened restrictions... Read more

Government restrictions on religion worldwide at record levels

Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019.(Photo: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte)Newly released data from an ongoing Pew Research Center study shows that government restrictions on religion around the world have risen to a record level amid increases in government... Read more

Pandemic Restrictions, Human Limits, and Meaningful Gestures – Christ and Pop Culture

This article was created in partnership with InterVarsity Press. Growing up in the church has its advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, from early on, I was immersed in Bible reading, prayer, and worship. It was just a way of life, one I didnt know could be different. On the other hand, it has... Read more

Covid-19 church restrictions changed after Hillsong’s Brian Houston claims discrimination

Brian Houston of HillsongFOX NewsCovid rules around church services have been relaxed after Hillsong senior pastor Brian Houston accused authorities of discrimination. In New South Wales (NSW), home to the Sydney-based Hillsong, up to 300 people were allowed to attend a wedding but church services could not exceed 100 people.  Regulations were even more relaxed... Read more

Colorado Churches Beat State in Court as Judge Overturns Worship Restrictions

Colorado Churches Beat State in Court as Judge Overturns Worship Restrictions A pair of Colorado churches won a religious liberty victory last week when a federal judge ruled they could meet indoors without an attendance cap, provided they continue following the states social distancing requirements.At issue are state COVID-19 restrictions that limit the capacity of... Read more

New law loosens euthanasia restrictions for kids 12 and under – Mission Network News

Netherlands (MNN) — Netherlands government will allow terminally-ill children between the ages of 1 and 12 years old to be euthanized, CNA reports. Officials expect this legislation will affect 5 to 10 children per year. Under current laws, Dutch doctors can euthanize children older than 12 and younger than 1 with parental consent. This is... Read more

Capitol Hill Baptist Church Meets Again after Successful Lawsuit over COVID Restrictions

Capitol Hill Baptist Church Meets Again after Successful Lawsuit over COVID Restrictions The 850-member Capitol Hill Baptist Church gathered for the first time since March in Washington D.C. this past weekend after a successful lawsuit against the District over COVID-19 restrictions.The church, which had been meeting in the less restrictive Virginia, gathered in Anacostia Park... Read more

‘Open Your Church’: John MacArthur Urges Pastors to Reopen Churches despite COVID-19 Restrictions

'Open Your Church': John MacArthur Urges Pastors to Reopen Churches despite COVID-19 Restrictions Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, California is calling pastors and church leaders across America to reopen their churches despite COVID-19 restrictions by leftist and secular government officials who seek to shut us down.According to The Blaze, MacArthur... Read more

NY Christian Community Seeks Restraining Order over COVID-19 Restrictions on Houses of Worship

NY Christian Community Seeks Restraining Order over COVID-19 Restrictions on Houses of Worship A judge denied a Brooklyn dioceses request for a temporary restraining order on COVID-19 restrictions.According to ABC 7, the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn had filed a lawsuit in federal court against the state of New York, saying that COVID-19 restrictions were a... Read more

Nevada Loosens Restrictions on Houses of Worship following Lawsuit

Nevada Loosens Restrictions on Houses of Worship following Lawsuit The state of Nevada is changing some of its restrictions on in-person worship and other gatherings following a lawsuit.According to The Christian Post, the state will now raise the limit for in-person gatherings from 50 to 250 people or 50 percent of a buildings capacity, whichever... Read more

A Washington D.C. Church Is Suing the Mayor Over COVID-19 Restrictions | RELEVANT

Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C. will be the first religious organization in the District to bring a legal challenge agains the COVID-19 era restrictions on in-person worship services. The church says that permitting the mass demonstrations against racist police brutality while barring in-person worship services violates their First Amendment rights. The church is... Read more

John MacArthurs Church Defies Judge, Says Outdoor Restrictions Would Shut the Church Down

John MacArthurs Church Defies Judge, Says Outdoor Restrictions Would Shut the Church Down Grace Community Church on Sunday defied a judges order not to meet indoors during the pandemic, with pastor John MacArthur telling attendees that the states restrictions for legal outdoor services would make it impossible to follow and result in the congregation shutting... Read more

Ride+Stride 2020 gets going despite widespread restrictions

Covid restrictions haven't stopped this year's Ride Stride from going ahead(Photo: National Churches Trust)Ride+Stride 2020 got underway on Saturday despite many churches still being closed due to Covid-19. The annual sponsored walk and cycle is taking place across 24 counties to raise vital funds in support of historic churches.  Last year's Ride+Stride raised over 1.2m... Read more

Report says Christians hurt by Pakistans COVID-19 restrictions – Mission Network News

Pakistan (MNN) — A new study shows how badly believers have been affected in Pakistan under COVID-19 restrictions. Read our global coronavirus coverage here. A coalition of ministries and local churches conducted the study this summer and recently published its findings. MNN is withholding the results from this article for security purposes. Jonathan*, a Christian... Read more

Bible distribution picks up as lockdown restrictions lift in China – Mission Network News

China (MNN) Lockdowns and restrictions around the world have put a pause on everyday life, and ministries have not been exempt from its affects. Bibles for China has seen some those restrictions lifted and resumed Bible distribution. Some churches are starting to open up, function a little more towards normal, Kurt Rovenstine says. “So from... Read more

Frustration follows French restrictions on Niger – Mission Network News

Niger (MNN) — People in Niger are angry, Macau Business reports, following a French travel warning issued earlier this month. Travel warnings affect tourism and, as one of the worlds poorest countries, Niger cant afford any economic loss. Niger is a fragile state, says Open Doors senior analyst Illia Djadi. The country is doing its... Read more

Churches across the U.S. Sue over COVID-19 Restrictions

Churches across the U.S. Sue over COVID-19 Restrictions Throughout the pandemic, churches across the nation have been defying government restrictions on houses of worship as many believe religious freedom is being suppressed.According to the Associated Press, on Thursday, three churches from Minnesota filed a lawsuit against Minnesota governor Tim Walz for his executive... Read more

Government eases restrictions on singing in church

(Photo: Unsplash/David Beale)More people can now sing in churches across England after the Government further relaxed Covid-19 restrictions. Before this weekend, singing at Sunday services had been limited to a lone professional singer behind a screen.   While there is still a ban on the entire congregation singing together, places of worship are now permitted to... Read more

John MacArthur sues California over church worship restrictions

John MacArthur(Photo: YouTube/Grace Community Church)Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church has filed a lawsuit against California over restrictions on indoor worship after the state issued a second lockdown order as part of its response to Covid-19. MacArthur recently began holding indoor worship services at his Sun Valley-based megachurch despite Gov. Gavin Newsom's most recent... Read more

John MacArthur Sues California over COVID-19 Restrictions on Church

John MacArthur Sues California over COVID-19 Restrictions on Church Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church has filed a lawsuit against the state of California and its leaders for its lockdown restrictions and religious suppression during the COVID-19 pandemic.According to Thomas More Society, the suit was submitted on Wednesday by attorneys Jenna Ellis... Read more

Evangelicals For Trump Host Las Vegas Rally in Casino amid Restrictions on Houses of Worship

Evangelicals For Trump Host Las Vegas Rally in Casino amid Restrictions on Houses of Worship The state of Nevada is reprimanding Evangelicals for Trump for hosting an event inside a casino in an attempt to evade restrictions imposed on houses of worship.According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the event was held last Thursday... Read more

Supreme Court Issues a Surprisingand DivisiveDecision on Churches and Pandemic Restrictions

The Story: Despite what appears to be a blatantly unconstitutional infringement of religious liberty, five Supreme Court justices are allowing Nevada to hold churches to a stricter standard than casinos. The Background: Last week the Supreme Court denied a request from a Nevada church that would block enforcement of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s order that limits... Read more

Russia lifting restrictions, but COVID-19 hasn’t gone away – Mission Network News

Russia (MNN) Russia may not be getting over COVID-19 quickly, but the Holy Spirit is moving as many are coming to Christ. India recently passed Russia as having the fourth-most confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world. But Russia hasnt left the virus behind, says Eric mock of Slavic Gospel Association. Many people in Russia are... Read more

Asian Access overcomes pandemic restrictions, launches new programs – Mission Network News

South Asia (MNN) — So far, 2020 has been a memorable year for all the wrong reasons. Global events like the COVID-19 pandemic create an unpredictable atmosphere for ministry. More coronavirus coverage here. But Joe Handley of Asian Access says theres a bright spot amidst the chaos. Asian Access equips national church leaders to multiply... Read more

Christians in India Experience Increased Persecution from Hindu Radicals as Coronavirus Restrictions Loosen

Christians in India Experience Increased Persecution from Hindu Radicals as Coronavirus Restrictions Loosen Hindu nationalists have unleashed a wave of torment and oppression to the Body of Christ in recent weeks as COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted in India.According to International Christian Concern (ICC), a Christian based human rights organization, in just two... Read more

Christians petition MP about remaining restrictions on church gatherings

(Photo: Pexels/Luis Quintero)Christians in the Morecambe Bay area are petitioning local MP David Morris to urge the Government to lift all remaining restrictions on churches meeting together. The letter has been organised by Church by the Bay, a member of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, which insists that services can be held safely by adhering to... Read more

Trump DOJ: States Must Loosen Church Restrictions If They Allow Protests

Trump DOJ: States Must Loosen Church Restrictions If They Allow Protests The Trump Justice Department is pressuring Washington Gov. Jon Inslee to loosen restrictions on churches by arguing the states policy of allowing unlimited peaceful protests while capping houses of worship is discriminatory and likely unconstitutional.The Department of Justice, in a June 11... Read more