The Victorian government has placed requirements on all those who are responsible for gatherings such as restaurateurs, managers of workplaces, retailers, and even churches. The rules apply equally for us as a church, and our insurers have indicated that Public Liability Insurance is void if Government requirements are not followed.
At the October Council meeting, it was unanimously decided that we must open up the church as soon as we can for worship and fellowship within the guidelines provided by government. This will ‘break the drought’ as we are all starved of face-to-face fellowship and yearn to gather together again. But, sadly, only those who have been fully vaccinated will be allowed to gather in person in our morning service.
Under the requirements we will have to confirm vaccination status of those attending. Most of you will be able to link your Covid vaccination status to your mobile phones, and if not, a certificate can be obtained from the Australian Immunisation Register (1800 653 809); other online ways are available.
From November 18th, 11:59pm, rule changes means mean we can have any number of people inside the building so long as everyone above the age of 12 is fully vaccinated. We will have to confirm vaccination status upon entry. If you are fully vaccinated, feel free to join us this Sunday from 9:30am.
We are allowed to have 50 persons of unknown vaccination status meet outside, with a 1 per 4 sq.m. density limit. Should the weather be reasonable, there can be seating on the front porch, with screen and sound. Update 25th Nov - this may be moved to the Long Room, density-capped at 15.
For ministries that meet on other days wishing to recommence, restrictions mean that up to 50 persons of unknown or mixed vaccinations tatus may gather; the 4sq.m. rule will still apply.
Hopefully, these restrictions will only be for a short time as we long to be all together again. We will continue to stream services so that any who are prevented by Government requirements from attending can be as connected as possible.
We seek to love and honour our God and one another as we travel together through these challenging circumstances. Everyone is valued by Him; no one is excluded from His grace and salvation, and we wish to affirm that everyone is valued and everyone’s right to their own opinion is respected.
The Pastoral Team is available to listen to your concerns. Please be in prayer as we walk ahead together.