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.
Information update May 2020:
THE CHURCH OF ST JUDE IS NOT OPEN FOR SERVICES AT THIS STAGE. THERE ARE A RANGE OF COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND DIOCESE BEFORE THIS CAN HAPPEN. ANY CHANGE TO THE CURRENT ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE WELL SIGNPOSTED AND COMMUNICATED TO THE PARISH.
St Jude’s awaits the day we can return to worshipping together in our usual pattern, and with all the people we have missed. Even with the easing of restrictions, church as we remember it is still some way off. Our focus will still with our online ministry for coming weeks as gatherings are still highly restricted. However, we will keep you informed of any further developments as they unfold. The following is taken from Archbishop +Geoff Smith’s pastoral letter to clergy at on Friday 8th of May 2020:
“There are three continuing messages which are: a return to ‘normal’ is some time away yet; social distancing and hygiene requirements will continue even as other restrictions lift; and there is continuing need for us all to take responsibility to do what we can do to keep safe. Unwise actions will not only increase the risk to the individual who has taken the risk, but also to others with whom they come in contact. As people who are concerned for the whole community, we need to continue to provide leadership for the good of the whole community and not just for our own convenience or satisfaction, even spiritual satisfaction. You will be aware that the Premier made announcements today easing some restrictions. The easing of restrictions apply from next Monday and full details will be released over the weekend. With respect to churches it seems that the number of people who can attend an indoor funeral has been lifted to 20 plus officiants, with outdoor funerals being limited to 30 plus officiants.
It also seems that from Monday church doors can be open for private prayer with a limit of 10 people in the building with distancing, and small gatherings for worship can be held, again limited to ten people plus the officiants and with social distancing. It seems very unlikely that public Sunday services will be able to held for some time yet – primarily because it is very difficult to deal with the restrictions on the numbers of people who can gather, although small midweek services of less than ten people seem likely to be ok. One of the questions still outstanding is holy communion at those small services. I intend to seek clarification from the health department next week so ask that holy communion not be celebrated until we have a greater clarity.
One of the questions still outstanding is holy communion at those small services. I intend to seek clarification from the health department next week so ask that holy communion not be celebrated until we have a greater clarity. I expect to have more information concerning Anglican churches in the Diocese of Adelaide early next week, so when I do have that information I will write again. In the meantime, I ask that arrangements continue as they are currently.”
You can find this wonderful image on the Esplanade opposite Wattle Reserve Brighton S.A.
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:
- Worship services have been paused until further notice, as per directions on the afternoon of 20th March 2020 from Archbishop +Geoff Smith.
- Everybody is asked to practice social distancing, and keep adequate space between themselves and other people on the church site.
- We ask nobody comes to the church site if they are unwell e.g. sore throat/ cough or have come from outside SA in the past fortnight.
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 lose shifts, jobs and housing the need is growing. This is vital work for all Christians who are able to help.