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Gov’t to Ease Restrictions on In-person Church Services

Gov’t to Ease Restrictions on In-person Church Services

SEOUL, Sept. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — The government and the religious community have agreed to ease restrictions on in-person services of large churches starting this weekend, in line with a nationwide lowering of social distancing guidelines over COVID-19, officials said Friday. All in-person religious events and chapel services in Seoul and its surrounding areas have [...]

Churches in Seoul Hold Online Services on 1st Sunday Under Strict Distancing Guidelines

Churches in Seoul Hold Online Services on 1st Sunday Under Strict Distancing Guidelines

SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Under the government directive to hold socially distanced services, churches in Seoul remained empty on Sunday with some exceptions. This was the first Sunday since the government increased the intensity of its social distancing guidelines in Seoul and its surrounding regions a week ago. Placed under Level 2 in [...]

S. Korea to Roll Back Ban on Small Church Gatherings amid Subsiding Infections

S. Korea to Roll Back Ban on Small Church Gatherings amid Subsiding Infections

SEOUL, July 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The government will lift its ban on small church gatherings other than regular worship services this week as new COVID-19 cases linked to such gatherings have subsided in recent weeks, the prime minister said Wednesday. The tougher anti-infection rules on Protestant churches will be cleared on Friday, Prime Minister [...]

Coronavirus Cuts Church Attendance, Giving in S. Korea

Coronavirus Cuts Church Attendance, Giving in S. Korea

SEOUL, June 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Church attendance and giving in South Korea have been sharply reduced due to the coronavirus pandemic, a survey showed on Saturday. In the survey of 1,135 member pastors of the General Assembly of Presbyterian Church in Korea, 68.8 percent said church donations have decreased due to COVID-19, while 30.1 [...]

Drive-in Worship Spreads as Coronavirus Outbreak Weighs on Religious Services

Drive-in Worship Spreads as Coronavirus Outbreak Weighs on Religious Services

SEOUL, April 13 (Korea Bizwire) — At the height of the protracted outbreak of the novel coronavirus infection, so called “drive-in worship” services have emerged in the Christian community, garnering attention. Onnuri Community Church, one of the leading Christian churches in South Korea with some 75,000 followers, held a drive-in service on Sunday and celebrated [...]

Churches Push Ahead with Services Despite Stricter Calls for Social Distancing

Churches Push Ahead with Services Despite Stricter Calls for Social Distancing

SEOUL, March 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Some Protestant churches in South Korea pressed ahead with their worship services Sunday despite the government’s pleas for stricter social distancing. As part of the government’s drive for further social distancing, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun earlier warned “stern” legal action would be taken against churches that violate quarantine guidelines [...]