Corona Virus

Livestreaming Services

19 March –  Number 2 Dear colleagues, Livestreaming services Focus on messages of care, encouragement and hope One of the primary ministries for clergy at this time will be pastoral and spiritual care offered by telephone and electronic messaging. Livestreamed services will be of invaluable assistance to many people. However, the proliferation of too many offerings may

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No outdoor services

19 March – Number 1 Dear colleagues, No outdoor services The Premier of NSW made the following comments, “We know already that for many people the symptoms aren’t even evident and they’re carrying the virus. That’s why all of us have to assume we have it. You have to act in a way as though

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Funerals, weddings and baptisms

18 March – Number 7 Dear colleagues, Funerals, weddings and baptisms Basic rules of social distancing The rules on gatherings and social distancing need to be applied in our churches as everywhere. People need to be able to sit 1.5 metres apart (except for households who can sit more closely unless they are internally isolating).

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Changes in expectations of the clergy

18 March – Number 6 Dear colleagues, Changes in expectations of the clergy The Clergy Retreats scheduled for May this year have now been cancelled. As the patterns of ministry begin to change then clergy should take time for prayer and reflection. The requirement for Ministry Supervision is formally suspended while the expectation of social distancing is

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The Diocesan Office is now a virtual office.

18 March – Number 5 Dear colleagues, The Diocesan Office is moving to be a virtual office from Thursday at 5pm The Diocesan Office is initiating a process to move to being a virtual office from 5pm Thursday 19 March 2020. Diocesan staff are working from home and using technology for collaboration and meetings. The

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Anglican Churches to close with immediate effect

18 March – Number 4 Dear colleagues, Anglican Churches to close with immediate effect Earlier today the GPs of the Hunter region joined with other medical practitoners urged citizens to take unprecedented action for their self-care and the care of the community. They echo the voices of many medical leaders in saying, “Protect yourself, family

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Churches available for private prayer

18 March – Number 3 Dear colleagues, Making churches available for private prayer Where we can, we should enable churches to be open for private prayer. In order to do this, we need to rope off the majority of the church and remove or limit all furniture in that space. We should anticipate that people

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Parish Annual Meetings not to be held

18 March – Number 2 Dear colleagues, Parish Annual Meetings not to be held Current officeholders retain their roles Churchwardens form a Parish Council Executive The requirement to hold parish annual meetings is suspended until further notice. Parishes are requested not to proceed with annual meetings if church services are held this weekend. All recently

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Non-exclusive facility hire should cease

18 March – Number 1 Dear colleagues, Non-exclusive facility hire should cease Our risk assessment is that parishes are unlikely to be able to keep up with the cleaning expectation between different users of parish facilities. We have a WHS responsibility to ensure that facilities are safe for use. Accordingly, unless your hall (or other

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