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Christian Group Welcomes Easing of Seating Restrictions for Worship Service

Christian Group Welcomes Easing of Seating Restrictions for Worship Service

SEOUL, Aug. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — A leading association of Protestant churches in South Korea on Friday welcomed quarantine authorities’ decision to ease social distancing rules for religious facilities. The United Christian Churches of Korea (UCCK) said in a statement that the government’s decision to lift the maximum number of attendees allowed for each worship [...]

Koreans Grow Tired of Protestant Churches Ruining Quarantine Efforts

Koreans Grow Tired of Protestant Churches Ruining Quarantine Efforts

SEOUL, Jan. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — South Koreans’ impressions of Protestant churches are growing cold as church institutions are constantly going against efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. A coronavirus cluster originating from a local Christian missionary group called the International Mission (IM) appears to be spreading nationwide. According to local governments, 41 IM-related [...]

Two Busan Churches Ordered to Shut Down for Violating in-person Worship Ban

Two Busan Churches Ordered to Shut Down for Violating in-person Worship Ban

BUSAN, Jan. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Two churches in the southeastern port city of Busan have been ordered to shut down after repeatedly holding in-person worship services in violation of the pandemic-driven social distancing rules, local officials said Monday. Under the administrative orders by Busan’s ward offices, the two Protestant churches — Saegyero and Seobu [...]

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 [...]