Update 11th July 2020
Dear City North family
It’s now nearly 4 months since we began our new way of life, held to ransom by a tiny virus which has disrupted life all around the world, and continues to ravage many countries. By God’s grace, here in Queensland “the curve has flattened” and we are now officially in Stage 3 of the easing of restrictions. What does this mean for us at City North?
Though limited by strict regulations, which are enforceable by authorities, from 19 July we will be recommencing our Sunday services. With the size of our building we are allowed to have groups up to 100 people in the church Auditorium, and smaller groups catering for children in Meeting Rooms 1,2 and 3 at the back. All services and children’s ministries will require social distancing.
In order to accommodate as many as possible it will be necessary to have:
- Two services in the morning – 8.30am and 10.30am of approx. 1 hour duration
- A 6.00pm evening service
- A combined Kids Church programme for children in years 1-6 will run for the duration of the 8.30am service
- The Teen Church programme will run for the duration of the 10.30am service
Coming to church will be a more complicated process than usual, especially as we all adjust to the new way of doing things.
- We will have to register to attend a service either online via our website or by phoning the office at 3256 4822. Numbers will have to be capped.
- If you are unable to attend, the service will be live streamed each Sunday morning during the Stage 3 restrictions. The link for this will be in your newsletter. If for some reason you cannot attend on the day, please contact the office or one of the pastors so someone else can attend.
- If you are unwell, have flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat etc.) or have travelled overseas in the previous month, please stay at home.
- Try to arrive early in order to follow the routine for signing in, using the hand sanitizer, and being directed by Welcomers to the socially-distanced seating in household groups.
- Children attending the Kids Church programme will need to be checked in beforehand at the external door to Meeting Room 3. Likewise they will be checked out the same way afterwards.
- Meeting Room 1 will be set up for parents with restless children if they wish to take them out of the service. The service will be live streamed to that room. Unfortunately the Nursery will not be available due to social distancing requirements.
- Access to the toilets for adults will be by following the arrows out of the main building, around the side and re-entering via the front entrance.
- People are asked to leave promptly after the service, especially following the 8.30am service, to allow time for cleaning and preparation for the building for the next service.
- There will be no morning tea after the services. The kitchen will not be accessible.
- An offering box will be available for those wanting to give in this way.
Obviously this rigmarole could be frustrating for some of us, but if we can all come along with a cheerful, cooperative attitude, I’m sure that within a couple of weeks we’ll settle into the new routine.
More help needed
When you arrive at church you will notice some changes. The grounds have been noticeably freshened up (thanks to all those who have helped at the recent working bees), the carpets have been cleaned, the chairs will be spaced apart, there will be arrows on the floor in places indicating the correct flow of people traffic and some rooms will not be accessible.
But with the changes there is an urgent need for extra people to help. Could I ask you to consider volunteering to join one of the teams we are currently putting together?
- Car parking (8-8.30am) – contact Francois or Kevin
- Cleaning (required after each service) – contact Mike G or Narelle
If you have further questions about volunteering, please contact the Church Office.
General hygiene measures
One final matter, which hardly seems necessary these days, but it is still important. We need to keep observing the public health rules that apply to all public gatherings. There will be signs reminding us of these measures.
- Keeping 1.5 metres apart
- Avoiding shaking hands, hugging, kissing etc.
- Washing our hands regularly with soap and water or using hand sanitizer
- Covering coughs or sneezes
- Avoiding touching our face, nose or mouth, and
- Please stay home if you are unwell.
I hope that this update has not over-complicated the joy of returning to church services and worshipping the Lord together again. I expect that our transition won’t be perfect, but with some all-round goodwill we can do it. It’s quite likely that we will have to live with at least some restrictions for the next 6 months or more, so we might as well get used to it!
Looking forward to seeing you all very soon.
Pastor Murray (for the pastoral team)