The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) reopened for regular services on Sunday, 21 months after the Lagos-based religious center was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
TB Joshua, the late founder of The SCOAN, had stopped regular services in March 2020 after the federal government announced measures to curb the spread of the disease.
But in a statement on the official TB Joshua’s Ministries Facebook page, the church wrote: âIn God’s time, everything is beautiful! Healing, deliverance, and all of God’s blessings are coming! The time has come! “To signal the restart of the services.
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While the government later relaxed the protocol, allowing worship centers to resume services – but with respect for security protocols – TB Joshua’s Church continued to provide online services. The cleric had repeatedly maintained that he was awaiting divine guidance for his next move.
The shutdown, which came well before the cleric’s demise in June this year, was also upheld by the preacher’s late wife, Evelyn Joshua.
A visit to the church’s digital platform showed videos and photos of worshipers inside the synagogue building in the Ikotun-Egbe area of ââLagos State.
The service, conducted in accordance with COVID-19 protocols, was led by Evelyn Joshua who became the head of the Lagos-based church after a leadership struggle.
Sunday’s return to regular church service comes five months after the death of the Ondo-born cleric who is said to have drawn several high-profile politicians to The SCOAN during his lifetime.
His funeral, which took place around a month after his death, drew hundreds of mourners inside and outside the country, although the event was largely ignored by Nigeria’s top pastors.
He died on June 5, hours after completing a service, but the cause of his death was never made public.