Updated 26 November 2020
Information to congregation
Members of the congregationÂ will be awareÂ of theÂ restrictions that were imposed, and subsequentlyÂ relaxed, by S.A. GovernmentÂ and Synod over the past week.Â
As a consequence ofÂ directions given during last week, members of the Morialta UC Congregation participated in worshipÂ at a distance on 22 November.Â Because of the restrictionsÂ on movement and activity, the people who contributedÂ to worshipÂ recordedÂ their parts at home andÂ the finalÂ service was edited together.Â Thanks go to Rev. BobÂ Hutchinson, Pam andÂ Chris Ayles , and John Secombe forÂ their separateÂ contributionsÂ thatÂ createdÂ a meaningful â€˜Christ the Kingâ€™ service.
Â FollowingÂ consideration of the risks relating to COVID 19, andÂ the restrictionsÂ that are still in place, as well as the recommendationsÂ from S.A. Synod, Church CouncilÂ has made the decisionÂ toÂ holdÂ our Sunday serviceÂ virtuallyÂ on 29th November.Â The service willÂ be streamedÂ live, from the churchÂ at 9.30 a.m. and be availableÂ to members of the congregation and wider communityÂ Â from that time.Â Those who are rosteredÂ toÂ undertakeÂ roles during the serviceÂ willÂ be in attendance, but other members of the congregation will be able to participate at a distance.
Â It is hoped that, withÂ furtherÂ lifting of restrictions, Â face-to-faceÂ worship will resumeÂ on 6th December.
Â On that date it is planned to hold our first Congregational Meeting for 2020 followingÂ the service.Â It is proposed that we meet in the church observingÂ our accepted COVID Safe Protocols.
Â GivenÂ the uncertaintyÂ around restrictions and the heightenedÂ risks associatedÂ with the recentÂ outbreak, Church CouncilÂ decidedÂ thatÂ the congregation would refrain fromÂ singingÂ on that Sunday andÂ that refreshments would not be served .
Â Church Council will re-visitÂ the matter ofÂ congregational singingÂ followingÂ the 6th December andÂ share its decisionÂ withÂ the congregationÂ Â beforeÂ 13th December.
Â As always,Â you are encouragedÂ to make contactÂ with one of the members of Church Council if you have any questions or concerns, orÂ would like any ofÂ this information clarified.
Chairperson, Church Council
116 Morialta Road Woodforde Â 5072
☎️ Â 0413606200
Update 20 Nov 2020
Hello members of Church Council and Team Leaders,
They say change is constant!
In case of pandemics Â that is certainly so.
It would appear that, as a consequence of further fact checking by the SA Police, some of the assumptions Â used to Â impose Â the strict lockdown Â have been revised.
There are new Â expectations Â put forward Â by the SA government. Some Â conditions Â have been relaxed and some activities have been allowed Â immediately.
There are further Â restrictions that will be relaxed Â from Â midnight Saturday.
Further Â information has just come from Â the Â Synod.
See below for Â the Â letter from Felicity Amery.
given Â that arrangements Â have been made for Sunday Services and details Â have been Â communicated to our community Â there is no Â urgency Â for Â action.
It would appear Â that face to face Â activity Â will be permitted Â from early Â next week.
Given Â that Â we have a Church Council Meeting scheduled Â for Tuesday evening, I propose leaving Â significant Â discussion to Â that time.
As always, Â your comments Â are Â welcome!
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
116 Morialta Road,Â WoodfordeÂ SAÂ 5072
☎️ (M) 0413 606Â 200
20th November 2020
Dear Ministers and Congregations,
Firstly, a sincere thank you to you all for your ability this week to address the challenges created by the unprecedented COVID situation in South Australia. Your patience and understanding in embracing these challenges has been greatly appreciated.
We realise that this has been a difficult week and that the situation has created uncertainty and a great degree of stress. I can assure you that the Synod is monitoring the situation on a daily basis and responding quickly as we continue to support our staff, communities, congregations and presbyteries across the Synod, and this remains our highest priority, whilst also continuing to adhere to the latest Government advice.
Earlier today the SA Government announced further changes to the current lock-down situation. As a result of the announcement, the Crisis Management Team called an urgent meeting and met this afternoon to discuss our next steps.
From the information provided by the State Government, we are advised that the current lock-down conditions across the state will ease as of midnight Saturday, November 21st. We realise that this sudden change, whilst welcome, may also cause additional stress and concern.
Earlier this week, we recommended that Sunday services be suspended for the next two Sundays and as a result of todayâ€™s announcement, and with the understanding that many congregations have now made alternative arrangements for this Sunday 22nd November, we recommend that you still not meet in person this Sunday. However we do recommend you commence transitioning back to worship from the 29th November as Advent begins.
We realise that transitioning back to some sense of normality will take some time, especially as congregations have also cancelled significant events as a result of recent announcements by the State Government. We encourage you to once again plan for ministry activities from Monday, 23rd November onwards, with an understanding that strict COVID requirements still apply.
As of midnight Saturday, 21st November, we advise that the following conditions will be in place:
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 150 at weddings
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 50 at funerals
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 10 people within private homes
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 4 square metre distancing
Â·Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Face masks will not be mandatory, however you are encouraged to continue to wear them where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
As you transition back, we recommend that you remain vigilant in maintaining physical distancing, personal hygiene and recording attendance in the application of continuing COVID management practices.
Please note, this week the Synod office staff responded quickly and efficiently to working from home and as a result of todayâ€™s announcement will seek to transition back to the workplace in the coming week, however the Synod office and the Uniting College will remain closed to visitors until further notice.
It has certainly been a week of great challenge and change and we assure you that the Crisis Management Team is monitoring the situation on a daily basis, and we will continue to provide you with updates as soon as is possible.
I thank you again for your resilience and your ability to respond quickly and with patience and grace.
If you have further questions, please continue to work with your presbyteries or contact:
Â Â Â Rev Sue Page â€“ Associate General Secretary
Â Â Â Rev Philip Gardner
Our prayers continue to be with you as you pastorally care for those you are in ministry with.
Grace and peace,
Update 17 Nov 2020
Dear members of Â the Morialta UC Â community,
The response Â to the Â Parafield Â â€˜Outbreakâ€™ has been rapid from our state government.Â
Acting, Â with an abundance of Â caution, Â there has been discussion Â about Â ongoing Â activity within Â the life of Morialta UC. as well.
We were Â preparing to make Â some difficult decisions about our face-to-face programs Â in the next day or so, but, Synod has provided Â Morialta UC and other congregations Â within a 50 km radius Â of the C.B.D. advice about Â restrictions Â it Â has imposed. Â Below, is a letter , to leaders and congregations, from our Moderator.
While Â the restrictions Â are carefully Â outlined in his Â letter, Bronte is Â keen Â to Â encourage Â ongoing care to everyone Â in these , continuing, difficult Â times.
In particular, the Â directive Â requires Â all face-to-face activity to be suspended for two weeks. Â This means Â that Fellowship, The Workshop, Art & Craft Circle, Tai Chi, Playgroup and any other Â activity that Â takes place Â on Chapel St Â property is curtailed according Â to Â the dates Â specified Â in Â the Moderatorâ€™s letter.
Many will know Â that we were looking forward to Â participating Â in Â the National Garage Sale Trail on Â 21 November. Â This too, is Â cancelled.
However, Â there is Â a bright Â note. Â While we will not be able Â to Â join in gathered worship over Â the next Â two Sundays, Â we will Â have access Â to services streamed Â over You Tube as we have experienced earlier Â during the COVID 19 pandemic. Â
Please Â do not Â attend Chapel Street, on Sunday mornings, unless you are one of the few who are Â rostered to present and stream our service. Â Of course, if Â you are feeling unwell, or, have other reasons Â to isolate please get Â in touch Â with Rev. Bob, Â John Secombe, or me.
As has been the practice , in recent months, Â volunteers Â will distribute Â worship materials Â and other information, on Fridays, Â to those who do not have access Â to digital media.
While Â the Chapel Street Â facility will be closed Â for the next Â two weeks the Church Office Â will still be available Â via Â the phone. Â If you have any need of Â the office, or, our Â Office Coordinator, Nicole, please Â phone Â the office number.
In these uncertain times Â there may be other, specific , questions you need answered.
If you have any Â concerns, questions , or, comments please be Â in touch with me.
Finally, Â you may be aware Â of members Â of our community Â who are doing Â it a little Â tough. Â If that is the case, pleas be Â in touch with Rev Bob, or, the Team Leader of Pastoral Care, Margaret Cargill, Â with Â your concerns.
I wish you Peace and Grace,
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
116 Morialta Road,Â WoodfordeÂ SAÂ 5072
☎️ (M) 0413 606Â 200