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24.10.2008 Social News

Sunday Keep-Fit Affects Worship

By GNA -

POLITICAL parties have been asked to advise members of their Keep Fit Clubs to desist from jogging on Sunday mornings because it affects their attendance at church services.

Pastor John Cobbina of the Holy Spirit Fire Church at Saltpond said this at a meeting between the local clergy and Mr Stephen Asamoah-Boateng, Member of Parliament for Mfantseman West and Minister of Information and National Orientation.

The meeting was also attended by 24 other pastors who all supported the call.

The pastors said even though they acknowledged the importance of physical exercise, it should not be done “at the expense of spiritual development”.

The meeting was convened by Mr Asamoah-Boateng to interact with the clergy on how to ensure peace before, during and after the December 7 election.

The clergy also expressed concern about the Sunday market at Saltpond.

Rev. Ato Wilson of the Methodist Church, appealed to the Mfantseman Municipal Assembly to change the market day from Sunday to another day to enable the traders to get time to worship their Maker.

About the December 7 election, Mr Asamoah-Boateng appealed to the clergy to remain neutral to enable them to act as a unifying body.

He said their congregations were made up of people from different political parties and that as soon as the clergy openly identified themselves with a particular party they lost respect of members of the other parties.

“Let the Bible be at the centre stage, but not a political party,” he said.

The meeting agreed to set aside three days for fasting and prayer for  a peaceful election.