IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PASTOR AGU IRUKWU RCCG/FOL: Chair person of the Executive Council
Greetings, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I am sure that we are all aware of (and keeping abreast of) the current world-wide situation that we are facing as a result of the Covid-19 viral pandemic. As we grapple with these unprecedented circumstances as well as the turmoil and uncertainties that have since ensued, I would like to reassure you that the Leadership of Festival of Life are committed to ensuring the wellbeing of all of our partners, members and all those who join us at our various Festival of Life events. In the same vein, we are also committed to ensuring the wellbeing of members of the community at large and determined to play our roles to the best of our ability in overcoming this crisis.
We have been keeping abreast of the rapidly evolving situation of this pandemic, especially the Government guidelines and the advice from the medical and scientific communities that have been put in place for the management of this crisis and any relevant information that will enable us address this threat to human life and societal wellbeing.
We all have a responsibility to play our parts in helping to combat this outbreak, and this involves being mindful of all the guidelines that help in preventing infection by the virus, as well as being mindful of ways to prevent potential spread of the virus to others. I am sure that most of us have received these detailed guidelines about coronavirus (COVID-19) for health professionals, businesses, schools and other organisations (last updated 13 March 2020) and published by Public Health England; but if not, please follow the link attached:
Recently, the UK government has ramped up its response to this outbreak and the Prime Minister, in his speech in this regard, advised avoiding mass gatherings, crowded places such as pubs, clubs, theatres, restaurants and other venues. This government guidance has been amplified by the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, to include religious gatherings, religious communities, churches, mosques, gurdwaras, etc. We have since made informal contact with people in government to confirm and verify the above.
Taking all this into consideration, we are recommending that the Festival of Life complies with the advice that is stated above. In this respect, and even though we had gone very far in our planning and preparation, the following upcoming events are to be postponed until further notice: The Festival of Life Workers Rally scheduled for Tuesday 7th April; the Festival of Life (FoL) event scheduled for Friday 10th April; and the ‘Flame’ Youth Festival of Life event scheduled for Saturday 11th April.
In this same vein, the Festival of Life office will be operating remotely for the foreseeable future. This is also pursuant to the government directives to limit non-essential physical aggregations, as well as for the protection of our staff. Please rest assured however that this will in no way affect the services that the Festival of Life staff continue to provide. We will also be available to answer any other questions that you may wish to ask in the days and weeks to come.
Finally, as these are unprecedented times, we must also respond with unprecedented prayers. We therefore ask you to please spend more time praying for ourselves, the Festival of Life Community, and the entire Nation. The Festival of Life office team will provide us with prayer points from time to time as we trust God to bring this outbreak to an end. Let us particularly pray for the elderly amongst us and all those who are at risk and are more vulnerable at this point.
We will continue to monitor the ongoing situation closely as it evolves from day to day, and keep you informed. God bless you.
God bless you.
Pst. Agu Irukwu
Chairman, Festival of Life