Coronavirus Updates and Advice

Below is church- focused, rather than broad health advice. For the latest local health advice please see SA Heath’s excellent resources, and for a broader global picture the World Health Organisation.

Please keep in your prayers:

Those who are feeling anxious and vulnerable across the world. Those who are sick, and their loved ones. Those who are mourning the loss of loved ones. Those who are working in the medical field. Those who are impacted greatly by COVID-19, especially the poor and marginalised. Please pray that Australia will find strength in a compassionate national discourse, at a time of heightened worry and need.

St Jude’s new policies during worship services:

We are regularly updating our advice to visitors and members of our St Jude’s community. Please check this page for the latest information. The most recent additions appear at the top of these lists, it is not in order of importance.
  • Worship services have been paused until further notice, as per directions on the afternoon of 20th March 2020 from Archbishop +Geoff Smith (please see full advice below).
  • Everybody is asked to practice social distancing, and keep adequate pace between themselves and other people on the church site.
  • We ask that nobody comes to the church site if they have been overseas in the past 14 days.
  • We ask nobody comes to the church site if they are unwell e.g. sore throat/ cough.

Changes to St Jude’s regular and programmed activities (most recent changes at the top of this list):

  • St Jude’s Church office and site is closed.
  • No services until further notice.
  • Everybody is asked to practice social distancing, and keep adequate pace between themselves and other people on the church site.
  • St Jude’s parish office is attended but not open until further notice. Please telephone or email only.
  • JUNIOR JUDE’S playgroup, Sunday School, Lenten Studies, Craft Group, Coffee Spot and all other gatherings have been paused until further notice.
  • Please pray for vulnerable people and continue to support the Community Pantry. As people loose shifts, jobs and housing the need is growing. This is vital work for all Christians who are able to help.

HOLY WEEK- Changes to the program

  1. All public worship is cancelled at this point, including our extensive Holy Week program. We are heart-broken not be able to share this holiest week with you- but there will be online offerings to follow. Stay tuned!

A communication Via Adelaide Anglicans at 5.20pm on Friday 20th of March 2020 said this:

Archbishop Geoff, in consultation with the Pastoral Leadership Team, has made the decision to pause normal public worship across the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice.

Those able to pause immediately and can communicate easily with all their parishioners are encouraged to do so.

Pastoral offices such as weddings, funerals and baptisms may continue to take place so long as Federal Government social distancing measures are implemented. This includes the government’s latest instruction to allow 4 square metres of space per person.

Please note that people aged over 70 or those with underlying health conditions, including members of the clergy, should not attend gatherings under any circumstances.

Leadership team meetings, parish council meetings, small group and home group meetings in a face to face format may continue for the time being with stringent hygiene and social distancing practices, however, you may wish to hold these remotely using online meeting platforms such as Zoom – https://zoom.us/, or Google Hangouts – https://hangouts.google.com/.

For parish members who want to continue to financially support their church, information about setting up direct debit contributions can be found at https://anglicanfundssa.com.au/accounts/parish-planned-giving/ or email asking for further details to enquiries@anglicanfundssa.com.au 

In a letter to clergy on Friday afternoon, Archbishop Geoff said “I want to be clear that we are not closing our churches or parishes. We are not shutting up shop and disappearing. We are going to continue to worship, to reflect on the scriptures, pray, care for each other and our wider community and look for ways to witness to the gospel, but we are going to do those things in ways that are different and without the same normal public worship opportunities. This will require some creativity and I encourage that.” 

“I also think that it will be important that we try to have our church buildings open for at least some time each day so that people who may well be in need of some peace and godly space can find that.” 

He concluded his letter by saying “Please know that you are in my prayers each day. It is important that we pray for and support each other in a time of change and uncertainty. Even though our Easter celebrations will be different this year the fact of the resurrection remains just that – a fact. We hold fast to the fact that even during dark and chaotic times the light and hope of the resurrection shines through.” 

From Philippians 4.6-7: Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

For more coronavirus advice for churches go to https://adelaideanglicans.com/news/coronavirus-advice/