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Council Bulletin 4 March 2021

And if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD; though he wist it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity.

Good Day Everyone,

Please see an announcement regarding our worship services. Kindly share in your relevant WhatsApp groups.

Andrea Kennedy

On Sunday, February 28, 2021, the Prime Minister announced further adjustments to Jamaica’s Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA) Enforcement Measures for the period March 1-22, 2021, in light of a significant spike in COVID-19 infection cases and hospitalizations.

One of those adjustments is the restriction of Church Worship services during this time, to online platforms, resulting in the suspension of face-to-face services. As has been the practice during this pandemic, Grace Missionary Church (GMC) will continue to live stream our Worship services each Sunday at 8:00 a.m. via Zoom and YouTube platforms.

In keeping with the new enforcement measures, a maximum of ten (10) persons will be accommodated within the church sanctuary to conduct the service and facilitate the streaming via the online platforms, while observing the applicable COVID-19 protocols. The persons include the leader, preacher, musicians, praise team, multimedia team and a person responsible for temperature checks and sanitization.

We ask that you to continue to use the online banking facility for your tithes and offerings. The relevant information will be placed in our weekly bulletins. Persons may also contact the Church Office to make alternative arrangements.

Prayer Meetings, Bible Study sessions and meetings of auxiliaries and committees will continue in an online format with the relevant access links circulated to members and adherents as necessary.

Attached for your guidance are details of the March 1, 2021, DRMA Enforcement Measures from the Prime Minister’s Press Conference.

As always, we encourage you to consistently observe the COVID-19 protocols of handwashing, physical distancing, the wearing of a mask in public spaces and staying home as much as possible.

Please remember to keep in touch with the most vulnerable among us, the elderly, persons on the sick and shut-in list and those who have lost loved ones during this period.

Let us be in much prayer at this time as we strive to overcome the various challenges we face as a country. We continue to seek God’s divine intervention in this season as we endeavour to carry out His mandate as a church family.

Blessing to all.

The new measures are as follows:

  • Effective March 1 – The island-wide curfew remains at 8:00 pm to 5:00 am day to day and expires at 5:00 am on March 23, 2021.
  • All places of worship, including churches, will engage in only online services. However, a maximum of 10 persons are allowed inside the worship centre to facilitate online broadcasting.
  • Zoos, Parks, Gyms, Attractions and Bars will close at 6:00 pm until March 22.
  • Public Beaches and rivers will close until March 22.
  • Only students sitting exit exams (PEP, CSEC/CAPE) will be permitted to have face-to-face classes. This is applicable to both Public and Private institutions.
  • Persons 60 years and older must Stay-at-Home.
  • Public Sector entities must host all social events online, if at all.
  • Effective March 4 – Strict Work-From-Home arrangement for Public Sector. Permanent Secretaries are directed to have only persons who work in critical service delivery where the nature of the work requires them to be in the physical office.
  • All persons travelling to Jamaica, including Jamaicans, must present a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours prior to the travel date. Business travellers must present a pre-test result and will incur the cost of a PCR test after arrival in Jamaica.
  • Effective March 8 – All Funerals and Burials will be prohibited. Funerals already scheduled for March 1-7 are allowed once they are in compliance with the Disaster Risk Management Act.
  • Weddings are allowed with a maximum of 25 persons including the officiating pastor, witnesses and wedding party.

All other measures under the Disaster Risk Management Act will remain in effect for a further three weeks ending March 23, 2021.

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