Canadian Police Place Fences Around Grace Life Church in Edmonton, in an Attempt to Stop Parishioners from Worshiping
Grace Life Church has been in the news before, as pastor James Coates was arrested for holding in-person worship services.
EDMONTON, CANADA - Canadian Police have placed barricades and tarps over Grace Life Church in Edmonton Canada as of Wednesday morning. The goal is to prevent worshippers from accessing the building.
Grace Life Church made headlines earlier this year after its Pastor, James Coates was arrested for holding in-person church services in defiance of Government health mandates. Pastor Coates ended up spending over a month behind bars.
James' wife Erin, posted this message to her Instagram this morning:
"This is what happens when you have freedom of religion in a free and democratic society: they jail your pastor for freely opening the doors of the church and serving Christ’s sheep and hurting people. Now they’ve chained the doors of GraceLife Church enclosing in chain link fence. This is all under the guise of a health order."
Not only are Canadian Police on the scene, but a private security firm called 'Paladin' is on the scene. Paladin helped put up the numerous fences, and privacy screening materials. The church's surveillance photos from early this morning show government officials parked on the property, along with people installing fences.
“Alberta Health Services physically closed GraceLife Church and has prevented access to the building until GLC can demonstrate the ability to comply with Alberta’s chief medical officer of health’s (CMOH) restrictions,” AHS said in a statement Wednesday morning.
Grace Life Church had numerous supporters standing outside of the Police blockade, a number of them suggesting that the Church now looked more like, "A concentration camp."
Members of Grace Life Church seem undeterred by these recent events, stating that they still have "Four days until Sunday to figure something out."