Dear South Sydney Uniting Church members and friends,
God be with you.
The Australian government has suspended religious gatherings and places of worship to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-
Prior to this decision, our church council had already suspended worship services, in-
At this stage we do not know how long this suspension will be in place.
Please see below for details of the decision, and be assured of our commitment to maintaining connection across distance, adapting to safety restrictions, providing pastoral care for people experiencing anxiety, danger or fear, and expressing kindness in new ways.
i) Sunday worship is suspended and the church is closed;
ii) A vigil on Sunday mornings will be sustained:
iii) All our planned weekly/monthly and in-
iv) Alternatives to the format of our current activities for worship, fellowship, creativity and care will be developed and implemented (such as via post, telephone, various online means and possibly limited outdoor means);
v) Use of the church by other community users (e.g. choirs) is suspended;
vi) Regular meetings of working groups and the church council executive will continue by means of phone or web conferencing; and
vii) The discernment process for the nomination and election of Elders, congregational office bearers and Presbytery representative will continue according to the planned timeline, but utilising the following means:
While these are challenging times they also provide us with opportunities for creative responses.
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We will maintain contact with you, and of course, please don’t hesitate to contact us for any reason. We will get through this together.
May Christ’s strength, comfort and peace be yours today and every day.
Cathie Harrison (Secretary, Church Council)
Megan Weier (Secretary, Congregation)