Updated 3rd June 2020. This page will be updated periodically as necessary. Click here to subscribe to news updates.
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”3 John 1:2
Dear Church Community,
As we continue to follow developments in our territory of Australia and New Zealand, the situation is changing on a regular basis.
With regulations in each jurisdiction in a continual state of change, it is important that you keep informed with the situation in your area. As restrictions are lifted, due care should be taken to operate within the guidelines as advised by local authorities.
Links to pandemic pages by jurisdiction:
Hygiene, Social Distancing and Self-Isolation
We urge you to practice all hygiene and cleanliness actions as advised by local and national health authorities. Please also observe social distancing and self-isolation recommendations in the required situations.
Resumption of Activities
As jurisdictions allow, meetings may resume. Churches must follow all regulations as they do so.
- The local church board are to record a decision to reopen, and formulate appropriate plans for how to manage gatherings in view of restrictions in their local jurisdiction, such as the 4 square metre rule
- Ensure good communication to members and attendees, both in messaging about the reopening and in signage and announcements on-site
- We continue to recommend to refrain from serving the communion, in view of the guidelines on social distancing and hygiene.
Where possible churches are recommended to offer online alternatives for attendance to church services. A list of resources for worshipping at home will be maintained and regularly updated until our churches are able to resume their normal worship programme.