OUR COVID-19 UPDATE #7 (27 MARCH 2020) & SUNDAY@HOME RESOURCES
*Information was accurate as at 2.00pm 27th March, 2020.
Our ongoing response to COVID-19 has been to fully support and work with the Australian Governments in flattening the curve of the infections for the well-being of everyone. Our response is a faith response that has the love and care for our neighbour clearly in view and a right submission to our governing authorities (Romans 13:1-10).
The latest measures issued by the Australian Governments include:
- Restrictions on religious gatherings and places of worship, including marriages and funerals.
- Further actions to strengthen and support social distancing measures
Last Sunday we closed our buildings at Booragoon and Coolbellup and suggested meeting in smaller groups. Much has changed during this week leading us to suspend remaining ministries and where possible reformat the delivery of particular ministries to meet our desire to limit face- to-face contact as far as possible.
A major consideration for you now is how you operate Sunday@Home. Nick Scott made a video announcement on Thursday recommending only family households meet together. Connect groups and small groups will now need to connect in ways other than face-to-face.
I set out below under key headings the impact of these further developments:
Sunday Gatherings (Sunday@Home)
We commenced our new reformatted Sunday@Home family approach last Sunday involving the pre-recording of the sermon and providing intergenerational family activities and resources with suggested song playlists.
This Sunday’s sermon and supporting material is now available on our Sunday@Home webpage click here
These times will be financially challenging for all of us and we greatly appreciate those able to sustain normal levels of giving. There are several giving options:
- Direct EFT bank transfer
- Through the Church App
- The Offering link on our Sunday@Home page
- Cash or cheques can be delivered to our Church Office Reception: Tuesday to Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm.
Our pastoral team will continue to be available and do our best to keep in contact with you, especially people in need, the elderly and those who are unwell.
If you have particular needs such as being unable to get to the shops or not able to acquire essential items, please contact us at the Church Office 9329 1777 or at email@example.com
For prayer requests please click here
Prayer Meetings in our Facilities
House of Prayer and all organised prayer meetings in our facilities have been suspended until further notice. We are encouraging prayer over the phone and internet connections.
Connect groups/Home groups as normally practiced should be suspended. We are suggesting you connect and communicate through the most appropriate communication channels including phone, email, FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram.
Links to suggested tools are listed here.
Please be aware that our Safe Church policies and guidelines apply to all forms of communication.
The Office, including Reception will remain open during normal work hours however we are encouraging staff where possible to work from home.
All venue hire events have been cancelled or postponed and the Book Shop and Library will be closed until further notice.
Our College is continuing to operate with students moving to an online educational platform until further notice.
Infuse Cafe has been operating in a take-away capacity this week and from close-of-business on Saturday 28 March will be closed until further notice.
We are reviewing and aligning all our costs and staff levels in order to provide the required ministries and meet our missional commitments during this challenging period.
Let’s all continue to keep in contact and look out for one another. The Lord is at work in all of this and our trust is in him. Keep safe and have a blessed weekend!
Blessings in Christ,