South Africa's largest church (ZCC) set to reopen this Sunday.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
The Zion Christian Church (ZCC) has announced that it is officially reopening all of its church branches.
The church had stopped all its activities in response to the declaration of a State of Disaster in March 2020, at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a letter written under the instructions of his grace The Right Reverend Bishop Dr. B.E. LeKganyane and his council, the church outlined their decision to reopen.
"The past two years have been difficult for every member of the Zion Christian Church, the announcement the by the headquarters to close churches was to protect our lives against COVID 19 pandemic."
"Since the State of Disaster is lifted in countries where ZCC has footprints, The Zion Christian Church has decided to reopen its branches after engaging internal and external stakeholders, this announcement will come as a relief to members of the church as we have been yearning for prayer sessions to resume." reads the statement.
The decision comes after some Zion Christian Church members said it has been difficult to celebrate three consecutive Easter holidays without gathering at their church headquarters, Moria, outside Polokwane in Limpopo.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown in 2020, the church members haven't heard their spiritual leader, Lekganyane.
Both churches, ZCC and St Engenas ZCC suspended their services and visits by the general members to their head-quarters, Moria, since the outbreak of Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown regulations in 2020.