First of all, I apologize if this is the wrong place to put this message, but I am seriously looking for answers and your thoughts regarding this. Also, any input from your pastors or other church leaders would be highly appreciated.
At this moment in Kuwait, we have confirmed 18 cases of coronavirus. As a Deacon of my local church, we are having the discussion on should we continue to encourage public gatherings as this is now requested as requested by the government not to be done. As an emergency doctor, it is my recommendation to my patients when they ask me what can I do to prevent the spread and to prevent getting the disease is to stop going to public gatherings.
Other religious meetings, such as in mosques have not been discouraged as of yet, however, conferences and schools have been cancelled.
What do you think?
Should we, as the church, as the local body of Christ, continue to physically meet?
What are our other options than meeting in a physical church? We are considering in the event of closing down of the church, to have online services.
Has this happened before in the church’s history? I’m wondering about how churches used to meet during the times of the plague or during the time of other infection spread back in church history?
Please remember us all in your prayers and May God give us all wisdom and protection during this time.
Yours in Christ,