The recent outbreak of Covid-19 on the far north coast of NSW appears to have been contained with the result that restrictions on what we can do in worship have been eased. As of 11.59pm Monday 5th April 2021 the 4m² rule for social distancing has reduced to 1.5m².

All parishioners entering any of the three Parish churches are no longer required to wear masks but the Covid-19 Safety Plans  still require parishioners to be spaced in the pews/chairs of the respective churches.

Singing by the congregation is now permitted.

The requirement for recording of contact details, promoting hand sanitisation and cleaning of surfaces between services continues to be in place. The provision of Holy Communion in one kind only (bread) continues.

As the Parish cannot operate without finance parishioners are encouraged to deposit their weekly pledges in the Parish Bank Account, BSB 705-077 Account No. 00040354. The deposit should be accompanied by the initials of the church the parishioner usually attends, e.g. A/S = All Saints, H/T = Holy Trinity and S/J = St Johns and the number of the pledge envelope or O/P (open plate) if not using envelopes. To ensure that pledges remain confidential parishioners should not record their names on the deposits. In All Saints the practice of collecting parishioners’ offerings during the singing of the third hymn has been suspended but a large box labelled “Offertory” has been placed near the entrance for the benefit of parishioners who are unable to deposit funds in the bank.

All Christians are called on to pray for health workers, give thanks for those who have developed a vaccine and pray that the spread of the disease may be curtailed once people have been vaccinated.

God’s love for all people has not diminished, nor his sovereignty over his world as a result of this disease. Therefore, we urge all people to trust in God’s goodness and mercy in this crisis and we encourage Christians everywhere to show Christ’s love to those affected.

 

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