COVID-19 Update 28 March

COVID Update March 18, 2020 with additions 28 March

Recent directives from both government and health authorities have put the emphasis on limiting the size of public gatherings and reducing human contact (“social distancing”) to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  We take our duty of care to you and wider public seriously and we want to limit the chance of people at St Luke's contracting this disease or inadvertently passing it on.

What is Stopping?

As a response to this we are taking the unprecedented step of suspending our Sunday worship services until further notice. We will review this on April 1 with a view to run special Easter services on-line.

What is Continuing?

Staff members will continue to work and be available to you. Please be in touch by telephone or email. The church is much more than Sunday public worship. We can continue to pray, to praise God, to support each other and to be nourished by God’s Word. We will make use of phone calls and technology to continue the ministry of St Luke’s to every member.

25 March: Growth Groups may not meet physically. We encourage you to explore technology such as facetime or Zoom conference video calls to stay in touch from your own homes. 

We ask Growth Groups to make an extra effort to care for one another and look to caring for others who may be feeling anxious or isolated.  If you are not in a Growth Group, you can be connected via phone to a growth group leader, who will maintain phone contact. Contact Rev Mark Simon to help you organize this.

25 March: Prayer gatherings of people beyond an existing household should not be arranged. Please keep praying individually for the welfare of our community and for God to help us in this difficult time. Also pray that God will show us how to be good news to our community. Reflect on Jesus as “the light of the world” shining in the darkness (John 8:12).

New Resources

We will put some worship resources online that you can use in your Growth Groups (but meeting only on-line) and by yourself at home. At the moment we are exploring options of video recording sermons, music and prayers. We will have resources for children.

St Luke’s 9.30am Sunday Service online

This Sunday morning we will trial using Zoom to enable people to use a laptop, tablet or smartphone to see and interact with other church members, as we share prayer, song and encouragement from the Bible. You can download Zoom from the App Store, or if you just click the link, it will prompt you to add the 'Zoom client' to enable you to join in.

Use this meeting code to join: 748 104 154

Or click this link at 9.30am Sunday

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/748104154

Communication

We will continue to communicate with you via the website, email, telephone and in writing. We are very conscious that “social distancing” can lead to social isolation and we want to maintain contact as best we can. If you become aware of a member of St Luke's who is feeling isolated please let us know or invite them to your Growth Group.

Worship at Home resources

Each week we will email out a pdf file of prayers, a Psalm, a Bible reflection, song words, and written intercessions (attached to this email). You can also access this on our website:

Click https://www.stlukesvermont.org.au/worship-at-home

Children’s activities are at this link, https://stalfreds.org/sermons-archive/staks-online/

 

Finally

These decisions have been made by the Parish Council as a way of caring for you and caring for the wider community. We will all be sad and grieve the loss of our usual church life. Feel free to contact Mark Simon or me if you want to talk about how you are feeling.

God is a good God and I am sure he can use this period for his own good purposes. We live by faith and not by fear.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  (Romans 15:13)

  Rev Peter MacPherson

Senior Minister St Alfred's and St Luke's

with updates by Rev Mark Simon, 25 and 28 March

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