3 April 2020 Update
Sunday Morning Prayer Online
Please join us for Sunday morning prayer on 5th April at 9am on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 777 536 066
______________________________________________________________________________31 March 2020 Update
We are hoping to be able to live stream very soon and will be using Zoom as the platform to do this. In preparation for this, please download and sign up to zoom at https://zoom.us/ It is free to download and sign up.
To continue to contribute to weekly offerings, we suggest the following:
BSB 704 901
A/C No. 00001070
Algester Anglican Church
Parish Direct via Anfin – forms can be found on the Anfin website (www.anfin.com.au).
25 March 2020 Further Update from Anglican General Manager
The Federal Government introduced further restrictions last night in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and provided clarity regarding some church activities.
The Prime Minister said:
“Australians should stay at home, unless shopping for essentials, travelling to and from work – where you cannot work from home – going to school and exercising. Keep visitors to your home at a minimum. In outdoor spaces do not congregate in groups.”
In seeking to support the work the Government is doing to reduce the spread of the virus and to comply with the new restrictions, the Anglican Church Southern Queensland is advising the following:
Small group gatherings in private spaces
All small group gatherings (e.g. Bible studies and prayer groups) held in private spaces, such as people’s homes, should be suspended immediately. Groups are encouraged to meet online.
Parish Council Meetings
Parishes should suspend face to face meetings of parish council and church committees as gatherings should be kept to minimum and include only a small number of attendees. Face-to-face meetings of the priest and wardens are allowed but should follow the social distancing protocols outlined by the Government including the four square metre rule. Parishes are encouraged to meet online.
Some parishes are already using online solutions such as Microsoft Teams, Skype or Zoom to conduct meetings “face to face” without having everyone physically in the same room.
Weddings may be conducted, although with no more than five people, including the couple, the celebrant and the witnesses. The four-square-metre per person rule and social distancing rule must be observed.
Baptism and Confirmation
Baptism and confirmation services are suspended until further notice.
Funerals may occur (on or off site) but must be limited to a maximum of 10 people. The four-square-metre per person rule and social distancing rule must be observed.
Live streaming and recording of services
A maximum of 10 people may meet to enable live streaming or recording of a worship service, provided that the prescribed social distancing measures are strictly followed by those involved, including maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres between people and having at least one person per four square metres in a room. Worship services that are live-streamed must not be open for physical attendance by the public.
24 March 2020 Update from the Anglican General Manager
You will be aware that last night the Australian Government introduced new restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The advice has left churches with some questions about their activities.
This email is intended to provide some clarity; however, the situation is rapidly changing, and we are still seeking advice on some matters. Please continue to check the Diocesan COVID-19 Guidance and Information page regularly for updates.
Church gatherings and meetings
The Government has instructed that “Non-essential gatherings are suspended for an initial four weeks to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus”. At this stage, this means that all worship and ministry gatherings held on church grounds or in other public spaces are suspended. This includes public worship, prayer gatherings and gatherings relating to children’s and youth ministry. These gatherings may continue online, where possible.
Small group gatherings (such as Bible study and prayer groups) that are held in private spaces, such as people’s homes, may continue at this stage, provided that the following social distancing measures are strictly followed by attendees and enforced by hosts/gathering leaders:
Gatherings to enable live streaming
The meeting of a small number of people to enable live streaming of a worship service is permitted, provided that the social distancing measures listed above are strictly followed by those involved, including maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres between people and having no more than one person per four square metres in a room.
Church business meetings
Meetings relating to church business (such as parish staff meetings and Parish Council meetings) can continue at this stage, provided that the following social distancing measures are strictly followed by attendees and enforced by hosts/gathering leaders:
Weddings and baptisms
Following the Australian Government advice issued on 22 March 2020, weddings and baptisms are to be suspended for the time being regardless of the size of the group or social distancing measures – both outdoors and indoors.
Funerals are also suspended, although they are specifically exempted in the government’s public health directive where the numbers are limited to a small group and where the following social distancing measures can be adhered to:
Use of church buildings and facilities
The Australian Government has instructed that:
The following facilities will be restricted from opening from midday local time 23 March 2020:
· Places of worship
These measures also apply to outdoor spaces associated with the above venues.
This means (and we have been advised by the Queensland Premier’s Office and Queensland Chief Health Officer) that church buildings and other church property, including outdoor church property/spaces, are to be closed to the public. This includes for private prayer. Clergy and church staff are not expected to secure the outdoor spaces of churches, but activities or signage should not encourage gathering in these spaces.
Hiring of church property and facilities
With the closure of church buildings and outdoor church property/spaces, the hiring out or provision of church buildings (such as church halls) and other facilities to external groups is to cease until further notice or unless you receive advice from the Government that the activity is an essential service.
As we move further into this COVID 19 public health crisis, we continue to pray for you and your community. It was encouraging to see and hear about the many churches who streamed worship, sermons or reflections over the weekend. Don’t forget the grants being offered by the Diocese to assist you move into the online space.
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead.
Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.
-Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book
Dear Friends in Christ,
From Monday 23 March 2020 all public Anglican worship services will be suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.
We acknowledge that this decision to place public worship on hold will have a massive impact both for you, and our parish in general. Our focus will continue to be the vocation of care and compassion to our parishioners and community. The most important way we can do this, is to identify the various methods we can use, to share the word of God and continue to update you on any developments.
We are looking to have daily devotionals online. The daily prayer service is currently available online, just put Australian Anglican Daily Prayer into your search engine. If you prefer, please take a prayer book home. We would just ask that you record your details on the clipboard to enable us to keep track of the books. May we also recommend viewing Songs of Praise on ABC at 11.30am on Sunday mornings.
In the very near future we hope to be able to live stream services.
We will also be initiating a support network, matching up parishioners to ensure practical and spiritual support. Please ensure that you have completed your parish roll details.
The Parish Council will meet weekly, rather than monthly, to assist with ongoing management of the church and to keep you updated with any relevant information.
During this time of uncertainty, we request you avoid coming into the office unless it is necessity. Please try to phone or email instead. We ask this to protect the health of Rev’d Morris and Kerry. Please be assure that the church will still be open most mornings and should you want to attend for prayer, you are most welcome. If you do come into the church or office, please use hand sanitiser as you enter and observe the 1.5 metre social distancing rule.
Please do not hesitate to contact Rev’d Morris or Parish Councillors for any practical or spiritual needs or if you know of anybody who requires support at this unprecedented time.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Rev’d Morris and the Parish Council.
Please see below for links to further information:
Anglican Church Southern QLD https://anglicanchurchsq.org.au/covid