Although some restrictions due to the Covid 19 pandemic have been eased, regular Sunday and weekday worship services have not yet resumed (as at 9th September 2021) due to the strict controls required over numbers allowed at services in church. When services do resume, there will be changes in the way services are organised and conducted, compared with our pre-Covid 19 ways of doing things - see details below. Further restrictions may be announced by Government or the Diocese from time to time - and will be summarised on this page as soon as possible after any changes occur - but please also check the "What's on now?" section of the main menu for any additional Covid restrictions on worship and church activities.
We are required to follow Government and Diocesan requirements - so that we and the wider community continue to stay safe
...what are the changes?
ThereWILL be changes in the way our worship is conducted, to meet the Government and Diocesan health requirements, so that we and our whole community stay as safe and well as possible. Some of the changes may be further relaxed with time, but please be aware of the following -
MASKS are MANDATORY AT ALL INSIDE CHURCH SERVICES AND MEETINGS, and also at any outside church functions when safe distancing is difficult. Masks are required to be WORN, NOT JUST CARRIED. Even with masks, social distancing IS required.
anyone who has recently visited or been in any of the various locations identfied as INFECTION HOT SPOTS by DHHS - the specific details of which are announced by Government from time to time and are listed on this site https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/covid19-restriction-checker/hotspots-and-case-locations/vic - anyone who has been to any of these sites on the designated dates/times is asked to not attend church services but to isolate until cleared by medical testing - this is for the safety of all.
Hand sanitisers will be available at the church door and MUST be used by all those attending, on arrival and on leaving the church;
social distancing MUST be maintained before, during and after ALL services, including during the actual Eucharist itself; the Greeting of the Peace should not include any physical contact with others at the church - an acknowledgement with clasped hands, a wave or a slight bow is sufficient (and safer!);
services will NOT BE SUNG unless Government health directives permit this. The organ will be played by Winton, and the Christ Church Choir has resumed for the main Sunday services, but singing of hymns, psalms and responses will only occur if safe and permitted;
numbers attending services will be carefully monitored - the total attending (not counting those conducting the service ie. the Vicar, Sacristan, Servers, Organist etc) must not exceed the permitted limit of parishioners;
all those attending services MUST sign in using the QR Code system which is available at the entry to the church;
there will only be refreshments after the services if Government directives permit and social distancing can be maintained.
These restrictions might seem onerous, but ALL are necessary and required if we are to stay safe and if our worship in church is to continue.... and, let's be honest, it is worshipping together that is the important thing, and a few restrictions are not too great an imposition on us.... and no-one wants yet another shutdown!
... and as Diocesan and Government directions change, and as some of the restrictions listed above can be lessened or removed, then ourVicar and the Parish Council will announce further changes.
....and .... we will continue to worship together as a faith community!
Updated 9th September 2021