Despite a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister stating that churches can reopen effective today with stipulations, Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands The Rt. Rev'd Laish Zane Boyd Sr. said that Anglican Church will remain closed at this time.
In a statement to clergy and local Anglicans, Bishop Boyd said that it is wise to proceed with caution and to ensure that each step forward is firmly planted for the reopening of Anglican churches.
"The Diocese began a discussion about protocols and procedures to govern a Phased Reopening. A guideline document is being produced," Bishop Boyd explained in the statement. "This process is well-advanced and should be allowed to run its course, so that we might resume in the best of form and function."
"Therefore, in The Bahamas, our parishes will not resume any gatherings at this time. We continue to minister using technology, with the Sunday Diocesan Eucharist, and the parishes’ virtual interaction via the daily office, weekday masses, bible studies, meetings, devotional and inspirational messages, etc.," the Bishop said.
"This Sunday, Easter 7 and the Sunday within the Octave of the Feast of the Ascension, the Diocesan Eucharist will come from the Church of the Ascension, Lucaya, Grand Bahama, led by Archdeacon Earl Hepburn and Fr. Dave Thomas. The service will be broadcast on ZNS television at 11 am, and will be available on FaceBook and YouTube. PLAN TO JOIN IN WORSHIP WITH US!"