Stage 3: easing of restrictions
From midday 3 July 2020, parishes operating under the Industry COVID Safe Plan for Places of Worship (Industry Plan) may conduct worship services and other gatherings:
- In venues or spaces bigger than 200 square metres: with a maximum of one person per 4 square metres.
- In venues or spaces smaller than 200 square metres: with a maximum of one person per 2 square metres, up to a total of 50 people.
The Queensland Government has issued a fact sheet summarising the changes and relaxations for churches operating under the Industry Plan.
The relaxations include:
- Weddings and funerals may have up to a maximum of 100 people (with one person per 4 square metres or one person per 2 square metres, depending on the size of the venue).
- Physical distancing (1.5m between people) is required to the extent possible.
- Gathering/mingling before and after a service or event is permitted.
Opting in to the Industry Plan
On 7 July 2020, the ACSQ has received clarification from the Queensland Government that opting in to the Industry Plan is no longer voluntary for places of worship. From now on, churches may only conduct worship services and other gatherings by opting in to and complying with the Industry Plan.
Please follow these steps to opt in to the Industry Plan.
- The Industry Plan is in the process of being updated by the Queensland Government. Please continue to use the appendices in the original Industry Plan until the updated Industry Plan is published.
- If your parish has opted in to the Industry Plan but has not provided the ACSQ with a signed copy of the Statement of Compliance, please email a signed copy to: email@example.com. Please check this page to see if your parish’s Statement of Compliance has been received.
Parishes providing live-streamed, recorded or online services
So that the information on the ACSQ website may be kept up to date for parishioners and members of the public who are seeking online services, please tell us if and when:
(a) Your parish stops offering live-streamed, recorded or online services.
(b) The link to your parish needs updating (please keep in mind that it is helpful to link people to a page on the parish website which contains online service information that is easy to find and understand).
COVID-19 Guidance and Information
Please continue to regularly check the ACSQ COVID-19 Guidance and Information web page for the latest advice regarding Stage 3 easing of restrictions and detailed guidelines for church gatherings and other operations including:
- worship services
- weddings, funerals and baptisms
- serving food and drinks
- pastoral visiting
- youth and children’s ministry
- bible study and small group gatherings
- church meetings
- building hire by external groups
- protecting volunteers in high-risk groups.
September retreat with Bishop Bill Ray
Register now for the September clergy retreat, to be held at Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre from 14–18 September 2020. Led by Bishop Bill Ray, this retreat will explore the topic, ‘As one called of God, how has the COVID-19 experience shaped me and how am I moving into unchartered territory?’ This will be a silent retreat, including silence at meals. At this stage, the retreat will go ahead as planned, with total attendance limited to 20 people.
October retreat with Bishop Matt Brain
Hurry — only two places left! Register now for the October clergy retreat, to be held at Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre from 12–16 October 2020. Led by Bishop Matt Brain and themed, ‘Treasure in jars of clay — beauty and brokenness’, this will be a partially silent retreat with talking at meals and during group time. At this stage, the retreat will go ahead as planned, with total attendance limited to 20 people.
Appeals, announcements and jobs
Mothers Union annual appeal
Anglican Mothers Union Australia (Diocese of Brisbane) request support for their Mothers Union annual appeal on Sunday 3 August 2020 or later. This appeal enables the Anglicare Mission Department to provide training and professional development for the chaplaincy team and pastoral care volunteers. Please send monies raised to AMUA Brisbane Diocesan Council: 38/37 Marathon Street, Aspley, Qld 4034.
Synod postponed to June 2021
The 2020 ordinary session of Synod has been postponed to June 2021. This decision has been made after considering COVID-19 restrictions and the difficulties of gathering over four hundred people in an enclosed space while meeting social distancing requirements. Elections for office holders will also be deferred until 2021.
View the latest job opportunities for clergy and lay people.
Virtual art and craft show
A collection of beautiful artworks and hand-crafted accessories and products has been assembled for The Parish of Green Hills’ first virtual art and craft show. Browse the fantastic range of arts and craft via the online catalogue and place your order early to avoid disappointment. This is a rare opportunity to shop for unique products from the comfort of your own home, while supporting local artists and the ministry of Green Hills Parish.
Let’s talk about death
Saturday 8 August, 9 am to 2 pm. Join in online or in person for this morning workshop exploring death and dying, with four great speakers: Dr Sarah Winch, Aunty (Dr) Rose Elu, Dr John Rosenberg and Bishop Jonathan Holland. The workshop includes presentations, Q&A panel and Death Café lunch from 12.30 pm.
Fundamentals of Talking Circles Online
Held over three sessions — 14, 16 and 30 July. Learn how to apply the principles and practices of Talking Circles to web-based platforms like Zoom, to enable deeper dialogue and listening in communities. Facilitated by Michael Wood and Brendan McKeague, this workshop is for anyone who has not undertaken the hosting Talking Circles workshops before (in person), or anyone who has undertaken at least a previous full day learning and is interested in also teaching and hosting further workshops.
Adapting Talking Circles to Online
Friday 10 July, 11.30 am–2 pm. This workshop is for those (lay or clergy) who have completed a full day introductory workshop in Talking Circle facilitation and have facilitated several Talking Circles. The workshop will include revision of the basic principles of hosting and facilitating a circle; design principles; and logistical tips for facilitating circles in a Zoom environment.
Hybrid Church Conversation series: Fostering Online Communities
Thursday 16 July, 10–11 am. There are many examples of congregations engaging enthusiastically with online community. Hosted by the cross-commission COVID-19 Resource Collaboration Group, this conversation will explore what it takes to build and maintain online communities and engagement. See what other conversations are taking place as part of the Hybrid Church Conversation Series.
Hybrid Church Conversation series: Local Church Global Connections
Thursday 30 July, 10–11 am. How are people connecting with your church globally? Join a conversation about local churches that are having a global reach as a result of their online presence.
Check out this week’s Sunday Devotion titled ‘Cultivating grace in faith, hope, love and trust’, written by The Rev’d Daniel Sitaram from The Parish of Stanthorpe. Written by clergy and lay people across the Diocese, Sunday Devotions are short reflections based on the lectionary readings of the day, suitable for small group discussion or personal use. Share this devotion on your social media channels and in your e-newsletters.
Wednesday Morning Prayer
Join Archbishop Phillip Aspinall as he leads us in Morning Prayer on Wednesday 8 July. The Morning Prayer videos are available Wednesday morning each week and may also be watched at other times.