Evangelical Church in Scotland Reported to Police for Hosting Prayer Services in Violation of Coronavirus Rules

Footage posted online showed Pastor Mark Ralston joined by musicians performing at a service

An evangelical church in North Lanarkshire has been reported to police over claims it has been hosting group prayer in breach of Covid rules.

Hope United Church in Motherwell has broadcast services with congregation members apparently gathering with little social distancing.

Parishioners were seen with no face coverings during the communal get-togethers.

Police Scotland said their officers were “engaging” with church leaders.

Places of worship in mainland Scotland, plus the isles of Skye, Arran, Bute and Gigha, are currently closed for either communal services or private prayer due to concerns around coronavirus.

Under the lockdown rules, they are only allowed to open for broadcasting a service, or conducting a funeral, marriage or civil partnership ceremony.

Churches on islands living under level restrictions can remain open, subject to two-metre distancing and a maximum of 20 worshippers. Wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships, with a maximum of 20 people, including the couple, are also allowed.

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SOURCE: BBC News, Connor Gillies

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