SAFE CHURCH PRACTICES
DURING THE COVID19 EPIDEMIC
UPDATED: Thursday, 4 June 2020
The current NSW Public Health Order has been modified to allow places of worship to have up to 50 people in the congregation.
Bishop Murray Harvey has given permission for the resumption of public worship at Christ Church Cathedral and at All Saints Church, Lawrence.
The Cathedral will resume the 9.00am Eucharist from Sunday, 7 June, as part of a gradual resumption services. Services at All Saints Church will begin at a later stage following further consultation with the congregation there. The Wednesday 10.00am service at the Cathedral will not resume immediately, but we shall plan for that to happen as soon as we can manage all the related public health requirements.
The key elements of the NSW public health restrictions which continue to apply to places of worship include:
Maximum of 50 persons in the congregation
Contact details for each person to be recorded and kept on file for 28 days
Physical distancing rules to be observed
No congregational singing
No use of objects involving touch by multiple persons (hymn books, prayer books, offering plate, etc)
Holy Communion will only be offered in the form of the consecrated Bread
People aged 65 years or older are advised not to attend public worship, as are other people with pre-existing health conditions which may make them more susceptible to COVID-19.
The Cathedral will continue to live stream our Sunday worship services and will offer other faith formation events—such as the Dean’s Forum and the Pro-Future Faith program—online rather than in-person.
Pre-registration no later than Thursday afternoon each week is advised as numbers will be strictly limited and we need to avoid congestion as people wait outside the Cathedral while their contact details are recorded.
Please note that the only public access to the Cathedral for Sunday services will be via the access ramp on the northern (Fitzroy Street) side of the building.
Please continue to hold each other in our hearts and prayers at this difficult time.
Grace and peace.
Gregory C. Jenks