Updated 26 November 2020
Information to congregation
Members of the congregation will be aware of the restrictions that were imposed, and subsequently relaxed, by S.A. Government and Synod over the past week.
As a consequence of directions given during last week, members of the Morialta UC Congregation participated in worship at a distance on 22 November. Because of the restrictions on movement and activity, the people who contributed to worship recorded their parts at home and the final service was edited together. Thanks go to Rev. Bob Hutchinson, Pam and Chris Ayles , and John Secombe for their separate contributions that created a meaningful ‘Christ the King’ service.
Following consideration of the risks relating to COVID 19, and the restrictions that are still in place, as well as the recommendations from S.A. Synod, Church Council has made the decision to hold our Sunday service virtually on 29th November. The service will be streamed live, from the church at 9.30 a.m. and be available to members of the congregation and wider community from that time. Those who are rostered to undertake roles during the service will be in attendance, but other members of the congregation will be able to participate at a distance.
It is hoped that, with further lifting of restrictions, face-to-face worship will resume on 6th December.
On that date it is planned to hold our first Congregational Meeting for 2020 following the service. It is proposed that we meet in the church observing our accepted COVID Safe Protocols.
Given the uncertainty around restrictions and the heightened risks associated with the recent outbreak, Church Council decided that the congregation would refrain from singing on that Sunday and that refreshments would not be served .
Church Council will re-visit the matter of congregational singing following the 6th December and share its decision with the congregation before 13th December.
As always, you are encouraged to make contact with one of the members of Church Council if you have any questions or concerns, or would like any of this information clarified.
Chairperson, Church Council
116 Morialta Road Woodforde 5072
Update 20 Nov 2020
Hello members of Church Council and Team Leaders,
They say change is constant!
In case of pandemics that is certainly so.
It would appear that, as a consequence of further fact checking by the SA Police, some of the assumptions used to impose the strict lockdown have been revised.
There are new expectations put forward by the SA government. Some conditions have been relaxed and some activities have been allowed immediately.
There are further restrictions that will be relaxed from midnight Saturday.
Further information has just come from the Synod.
See below for the letter from Felicity Amery.
given that arrangements have been made for Sunday Services and details have been communicated to our community there is no urgency for action.
It would appear that face to face activity will be permitted from early next week.
Given that we have a Church Council Meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening, I propose leaving significant discussion to that time.
As always, your comments are welcome!
116 Morialta Road, Woodforde SA 5072
☎️ (M) 0413 606 200
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 today’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:
· 150 at weddings
· 50 at funerals
· 10 people within private homes
· 4 square metre distancing
· 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 today’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:
Rev Sue Page – Associate General Secretary
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 the Morialta UC community,
The response to the Parafield ‘Outbreak’ has been rapid from our state government.
Acting, with an abundance of caution, there has been discussion about ongoing activity within the life of Morialta UC. as well.
We were preparing to make some difficult decisions about our face-to-face programs in the next day or so, but, Synod has provided Morialta UC and other congregations within a 50 km radius of the C.B.D. advice about restrictions it has imposed. Below, is a letter , to leaders and congregations, from our Moderator.
While the restrictions are carefully outlined in his letter, Bronte is keen to encourage ongoing care to everyone in these , continuing, difficult times.
In particular, the directive requires all face-to-face activity to be suspended for two weeks. This means that Fellowship, The Workshop, Art & Craft Circle, Tai Chi, Playgroup and any other activity that takes place on Chapel St property is curtailed according to the dates specified in the Moderator’s letter.
Many will know that we were looking forward to participating in the National Garage Sale Trail on 21 November. This too, is cancelled.
However, there is a bright note. While we will not be able to join in gathered worship over the next two Sundays, we will have access to services streamed over You Tube as we have experienced earlier during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Please do not attend Chapel Street, on Sunday mornings, unless you are one of the few who are rostered to present and stream our service. Of course, if you are feeling unwell, or, have other reasons to isolate please get in touch with Rev. Bob, John Secombe, or me.
As has been the practice , in recent months, volunteers will distribute worship materials and other information, on Fridays, to those who do not have access to digital media.
While the Chapel Street facility will be closed for the next two weeks the Church Office will still be available via the phone. If you have any need of the office, or, our Office Coordinator, Nicole, please phone the office number.
In these uncertain times there may be other, specific , questions you need answered.
If you have any concerns, questions , or, comments please be in touch with me.
Finally, you may be aware of members of our community who are doing it a little tough. If that is the case, pleas be in touch with Rev Bob, or, the Team Leader of Pastoral Care, Margaret Cargill, with your concerns.
I wish you Peace and Grace,
116 Morialta Road, Woodforde SA 5072
☎️ (M) 0413 606 200