We are well placed - 5 June
4 June, 2020
Updated 2pm 5 June
It feels like the last week has moved very quickly. A lot is happening around us, and it seems to change daily. This last week is a reminder of why it is essential to be ready to adapt and respond as a church as we seek to move closer to God and move closer to each other for an abundant life.
I want to update you on some parish news as we seek to respond to the changing environment.
- Parish Building Project
We continue to meet with representatives for the Diocesan property team to move forward the refurbishment of the Western end of the Church. This project also includes the necessary repairs and maintenance to care for this precious building.
The slow processing of approvals through Brisbane City Council has delayed the removal of the Tennis court. These approvals are now in place, and the contractors have begun removal today.
- Memorial Hall Use
We are working with tenants who regularly use the Memorial Hall to return to some limited use. At this stage, the Hall can be used for groups up to 20 people. There are strict guidelines for this use and practices we need to set in place before each tenant can begin. We expect that some tenants will return to regular use in the coming weeks.
As the current guidelines stand when we return to face to face worship, there will be several restrictions on us.
a. Those attending worship will be required to register before attending,
b. we think the churches capacity will be 40 people
c. we are required to set up physical distancing in seating and movement
d. family groups will also be required to maintain physical distancing (updated - this has been changed and is no longer required)
e. communal singing will not be allowed.
f. communion in one kind will be possible
g. we will need to implement extra cleaning between services
h. those who remain in higher-risk categories are discouraged from participating.
As you can see, these restrictions are onerous and may make a return to worship very strange and unwelcoming. We continue to work through our response as well as continuing to maintain worshipping opportunities for those who cannot attend.
I am grateful for the work of our Wardens and administrative staff who continue to actively work on our behalf in responding to each circumstance as they arise.