FAQ Regarding our response to Coronavirus
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding our response to the Coronavirus and the new online Church services
How Long will we have only online services?
As of March 19th 2020, the government has indicated that the restrictions could be in place as long as 6 Months. We will be closely monitoring the situation for updates, and will aim to get back to normal services as soon as we are able. In the mean-time, our leadership team is working hard on coming up with new and innovative ways to stay connected and grow each other in our faith. Stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks.
Why have we decided to go to online services?
Due to the recent restrictions put in place, non-essential gatherings held indoors cannot exceed 100 people. Through February attendance at our 10:30am service was around 180 people. Logistically we cannot see how we can continue to meet each week without violating the new law restricting all gatherings to less than 100 people. The decision is also a responsible expression of love and concern for our region as we work together in doing what we can to slow the progress and reach of the disease.
How do I access the live stream?
Simply return to the main page of this website to access the latest link to the live stream. This will be updated weekly. Alternatively you can visit our Church YouTube Channel Here and subscribe and hit the bell icon for notifications. We will also be making the live stream accessible to watch anytime after the service has finished. Please note that there may be a slight delay between the finish of the live stream and the availability of the video to watch later.
I was rostered on for helping on a sunday, will I still need to prepare and attend on a sunday?
Josh has cancelled most roster placements and will be contacting you if you are rostered on to let you know. Many roles such as communion prep, communion helping, morning tea, Adventure Sunday Helping, Creche etc will not be required. Things such as Band and Tech will be required, however the rosters are being reshuffled to combine the morning and evening service teams and account for the new technical changes regarding live streaming. If you are unsure, please contact the office and Josh for clarification.
Will small groups and other activities such as adventure club and youth group continue to run?
Youth Group will be finishing on the 20th March 2020 and Adventure Club on the 24th March 2020 until further notice. These teams are working on way to connect with the kids through the internet, so please pray for guidance as the teams work hard on this. Josh and Andrew are in contact with the various small group leaders to work out which groups will continue to meet. Please contact your small group leader for more information. As these groups are well under 100 people, at this stage there is no restriction on these groups, but proper measures to reduce the change of spread of the virus will be taken. We are also looking into ways to utilise the internet to allow us to still connect in groups should further restrictions come into place.
I usually give by cash or cheque, how can I still give my offering
At this stage, the Church office will still be open during the week, and you can drop it in to one of the Church staff members. If you are feeling unwell or self isolating, we ask that you consider one of our other methods of giving.
Click here for more information on these options. If you are unsure, please contact the office.
How do I keep updated on future changes or new programs?
Please keep checking our website for updates. We will be posting any new releases regarding Coronavirus on our website Here. You can also keep up to date via our Facebook page for overall updates and Facebook group for member specific updates. We will also be starting some video updates through our YouTube channel in the coming weeks along with some new programs to fill the gap of some of our cancelled programs and events.
Our Church newsletter (Mainstream) will also still be available via our website here
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