On Friday last week, our Prime Minister Scott Morrison outlined a way forward for our country to begin easing restrictions following the lockdown induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our Premier reiterated this easing of restrictions, and the QLD Government have also produced a roadmap to easing restrictions as our strong health response so far to COVID-19 means that we are well positioned for recovery.
One of the things you may have noted in this roadmap is that in Stage 2 (proposed to begin from the 15th May) there could be gatherings of people in places of worship.
There is also planned continued easing of restrictions planned for after that also – with the potential of gatherings up to a maximum of 100 persons in early July!
But this easing comes with a few specific instructions. Physical distancing needs to be maintained (ie. We keep at least 1.5m apart from others, no handshakes/hugging etc.), we allow 4 square metres per person when indoors and ensure good hand & respiratory hygiene and cleaning practices are maintained.
As much as I would love to gather back in worship again with you, at this stage, we continue to stay patient and follow the instructions of our government to ensure that when we do gather, we do so safely and in a way that ensures the health and protection of our most vulnerable members.
We are in the process of establishing a team that will help lead us to transition back towards physical worship, and so please look out for further communication over the coming weeks.
I believe that our corporate worship life is going to continue to look different for some time yet to come, but I ask that you please keep myself and our Leadership Team in your prayers as we seek to show that we are a place, a people, ‘where love comes to life’ by keeping the whole health and safety of our community at the forefront of all that we do.
Pastor Ben Hentschke