Following the COVID Safe Industry Plan for Places of Worship
The COVID Safe Industry Plan for Places of Worship (Industry Plan) continues to provide best practice guidelines for churches conducting worship services and other gatherings. The requirements set out under the Industry Plan are summarised on the ACSQ website under nine key areas with an associated task(s) for each area. By completing each task specified, churches can be confident that they are operating in accordance with the Industry Plan.
Guidance for worship services and other activities
A reminder that more detailed guidance for conducting worship services and other church activities is provided on the ACSQ website, including guidance on:
- The Greeting of Peace
- Serving food and drinks
- Pre/post service mingling
- Pastoral visiting
- Home communions
- Youth and children’s ministry
Mandatory training to serve food and drink
Under the Industry Plan, churches may serve food and drink in accordance with the Retail Food Services Industry COVID Safe Plan or the COVID Safe Checklist: Dining and drinking. Please note that both of these options require mandatory training for the staff/volunteers involved in serving food or drink. The mandatory training can be completed online for free via the TAFE Queensland website. The training takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. A reminder that churches are not permitted to provided self-service or buffet style service of food or drink.
In Queensland, under the Industry Plan, communal and individual singing at church services and gatherings is permitted with no restrictions, other than the following physical distancing restrictions, based on the venue size:
- In venues or spaces bigger than 200 square metres: no more than one person per 4 square metres.
- In venues or spaces smaller than 200 square metres: no more than one person per 2 square metres, up to a total of 50 people.
Please note that guidelines in relation to singing in places of worship vary from state to state.
Online engagement and digital systems workshops
The Parishes and Other Mission Agencies Commission (PMC) is partnering with Digital Team Coach to offer churches training in online engagement and digital systems. Headed by Evan Englezos (a digital coach, consultant and developer based in Melbourne), Digital Team Coach understands the unique environment of church communications and specialises in helping churches with their online and digital resources, particularly smaller churches without the in-house resources and budget of larger churches.
A range of online training workshops is being offered over the coming three months. The training is very reasonably priced, with tickets ranging from $15 to $140 per person, depending on the topic or the type of workshop.
Evan has served hundreds of churches and faith organisations, particularly in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, with training and support in areas such as online engagement, digital systems and strategies, social media, AV, church management systems and remote teamwork.
Clergy retreats and save the dates
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.
Regional conferences 2021
- 16 to 19 August 2021, RACV Noosa Resort (Southern Region Clergy Conference).
- 23 to 26 August 2021, RACV Noosa Resort (Northern Region Clergy Conference).
Provincial Conference 2022
- August 2022, Sea World Resort (exact dates to be confirmed).
Difference: the power of faith in a conflicted world
Are you looking for ways to put the 2020 Diocesan-wide theme of ‘Practising Peacemaking’ into action? Archbishop Justin Welby has brought together leading thinkers and peacemakers to create a course to help us join in with God’s work of restoring brokenness and transforming relationships. Titled Difference, the course features five sessions exploring what it means to follow Jesus in the face of conflict and see transformation through everyday encounters. The Difference website offers training on how to run the course in your church.
Explore the history of the Diocese of Brisbane and view historical images from the collection in these fascinating online tours, developed by staff of the Records and Archives Centre:
The Records and Archives Centre staff hope to utilise other online tools to share stories about the history of the Diocese in the future.
Image: the first stage of St John’s Cathedral.
Pace: a contemplative spiritual community
Inspired by the ancient tradition of Christian mysticism, Pace (pronounced ‘par chay’) is a contemplative spiritual community for all who seek a place of peace. Pace is a physical and digital community seeking to accompany others as they explore the spiritual life.
Pace: going deeper resources
The spiritual life is all about going deeper, but how and where do we begin? The team at Pace have collated a huge collection of podcasts, websites, books, movies and apps to get you started. The ‘going deeper’ resources can be read or listened to at home, at work, or on the train.
Sea Sunday — The Mission to Seafarers
Support the work of The Mission to Seafarers on Sunday 30 August (Sea Sunday) by celebrating and raising awareness of seafarers, who work tirelessly to bring us the goods we rely on every day. A Sea Sunday service will be held on Sunday 30 August, 3 pm at the Brisbane Seafarers Centre (2 Seafarers Street, Port of Brisbane). All are welcome. Please RSVP as numbers are limited: email email@example.com.
ABM November appeal presentation
Hear from guest presenter Bishop Jeffrey Driver (Acting Principal of Newton Theological College, Papua New Guinea) in this special Anglican Board of Mission (ABM) presentation and Q&A evening hosted by Bishop Cameron Venables. Learn more about the next generation of church and community leaders in Australia’s nearest neighbour and the difference your donations are making in this dynamic ministry.
Mothers Union annual appeal
Anglican Mothers Union Australia (AMUA) request support for their annual appeal on Sunday 9 August 2020 or later. This appeal enables the Anglicare Mission Team 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) or by EFT to: BSB 034844, Account no. 000111804.
Bush Ministry Fund quilt raffle
Support the work of the Bush Ministry Fund by entering the raffle for your chance to win a gorgeous quilt (pictured above), handmade by Mrs Karen Frewin, the wife of The Reverend Terry Frewin from the Leichhardt Chinchilla Anglican Mission Area. This delightful piece measures 1.8 x 2m, and is available for viewing at the Western Region Bishop’s office in Toowoomba. Raffle tickets are $2 each and can be purchased online, with all proceeds going towards the important work of the Bush Ministry Fund.
Find out the latest people movements, including appointments, commissionings and retirements.
View the latest job opportunities for clergy and lay people.
What are we learning about ministry and mission in this time of disruption?
Friday 24 July, 10.15 am–12.30 pm. An online Open Space for laity and clergy to gather together to make sense of the times we are facing, to share stories and emerging insights, to learn from each other, discern God’s presence and explore possible paths forward. Register now for the link and instructions to join.
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.
Let’s talk about death
Saturday 8 August, 9 am–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.
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.
Wanted: small manual organ
A small Christian community in an isolated mountain region in the Solomon Islands is seeking a small manual organ in working order. If any community within the Anglican Church Southern Queensland is able to assist with such an item, then please contact Sandy Marshall from ‘Donations in Kind’: phone 3348 8866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations in Kind is an organisation within the Rotary movement seeking to help disadvantaged communities in the developing world with donated goods.
Check out this week’s Sunday Devotion titled ‘God’s love’ by Archives Researcher and St Thomas’, Toowong parishioner Adrian Gibb. 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.