COVID Safety

COVID-safe church attendance
Updated February 18, 2021
 
 
 
In 2021 we have begun to welcome back our church members to attend worship services in small numbers by invitation. Our plan for a safe and progressive return to Sunday services has proved to be helpful as we all learn to adapt to safe practices that will give all who attend in future a sense of security and comfort when in church.

 

Pending any changes that my be announced by DHHS or the diocese, we hope to welcome all members of the church back to in-person attendance at services each Sunday. We will continue livestreaming services to allow those who stay at home to be connected.

When our changes to furniture and equipment arrangements in church are complete (end of Feb.) we will announce that our services will be open to the general public as well as our seating capacity will then be increased. We will soon commence COVID-safe service of morning and afternoon tea at church services too.

Limited hall hire will commence in February with the return of long-time client AMS Dance. Playgroup returns on Tuesday mornings and Vox Populi Community Choir on Tuesday evenings.

The current recommendations for safe gathering on the church site is as follows:

  • download the “Service Victoria” app on your mobile phone (if you do not have a phone you can sign in)
  • open the app on your phone before arrival, open your phone’s camera and aim it at the QR code in the foyer or at a QR code on your pew and check in (don’t take a photo, just hover your camera lens over the QR and wait for a response to then click on)
  • bring your own Bible or use one on-line
  • access the bulletin for the week via our website homepage
  • a rostered COVID-safety helper will assist you on arrival in the foyer to check in, and will remind you of any COVID-safe protocols for the day
  • use hand sanitizer on arrival (either your own or via the available dispensers in the foyer)
  • carry a suitable face mask, and wear it at all times when indoors
  • greet others with a smile and wave and keep a safe distance (especially during a greeting of peace)
  • find a seat and observe the “2 per pew” guideline and the 1.5m from others rule for safe gathering
  • you are welcome to join in the spoken responses during the service
  • you are welcome to bring your own beverage and/or snack, but food and drink should not be shared, nor is self-service of same allowed
  • the church space is well ventilated and services will have less than one hour duration for your comfort and safety
  • immediately following the end of a service the congregation will be ushered outside for conversation
  • morning and afternoon tea Zoom meetings will now cease as the majority can now attend church
  • when at church, respect the signage suggestions about numbers using the bathrooms
  • sanitizer and cleaning/disinfecting materials are readily available if needed (ask the COVID-safety helper if unsure)
For other church meetings on-site:
  • when onsite outdoors (e.g. gardening) please check in via QR code (as explained above, there is one on the glass near the foyer entrance)
  • when onsite indoors please check in via QR code (as explained above), this helps us to qualify for 2m2 distancing and helps in the event of any necessary contact tracing
  • wear a suitable mask at all times when indoors
  • before leaving the site (indoor only) please use available cleaning/disinfecting materials on high contact surfaces you have used during your time there (the cleaning materials cupboard is in the Nickson Hall)
For church meetings held in homes:
  • when meeting in a home (e.g. for a Bible study) follow the current guidelines for the amount of people allowed in homes as posted by the Victorian Government
  • you might like to set up a Service Victoria QR code for your home meetings if you are the host
  • practice safe distancing
  • if serving drink and food designate one or two people to serve the group individual serves and avoid sharing of vessels, plates and cutlery
  • keep the room where meeting well ventilated
  • keep the meeting to less than 90 minutes