Updated 25th March 2020. This page will be updated periodically as necessary. Click here to subscribe to news updates.
Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
“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. Much of our early advice was very quickly superseded.
In line with our mission, we are seeking to do all we can to ensure the health and safety of our church community. Even in times such as this, we have a gospel commission to fulfill and by God’s grace we will meet the challenges in front of us.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Information
It is the advice of health authorities that COVID-19 poses severe risks because it is a new virus and because of its ease of transmission from person to person.
See the following for up-to-date advice from health authorities:
- Australia: COVID-19 – Latest from Australian Government Department of Health [health.gov.au]
- New Zealand: COVID-19 – Latest from New Zealand Government Ministry of Health [health.govt.nz]
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.
Suspension of Activities
The following are now no longer possible due to the restrictions that are in place:
- All church meetings – houses of worship are among the places that are now ordered closed
- Gatherings in private homes
- Outdoor gatherings of more than 10 persons
- Rites that involve public meeting such as ordinances, baptisms, dedications and so forth (weddings and funerals can continue under very specific restrictions)
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.
In line with our theme for the current term, we are focused on “Uplifting Jesus, Serving People, Proclaiming Truth.” Your local pastoral care workers will be staying in touch with everyone regularly. Please check in on each other, and particularly the elderly and vulnerable. A simple phone call can make a big difference in this time of social isolation.
Remembering that “all things work together for good” (Rom 8:28), let us claim the promises of God for His protection and also His joy and peace even in cases of illness, and let us endeavour to do all we can to benefit our communities and those in need, as Jesus would do if He walked the earth today.