As you may have heard, today our NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has asked the people of greater Sydney and the Central Coast to consider a “soft lock-down” for the next 4 days (from tonight until Wednesday evening). This is in order to limit people movements to enable effective contact tracing over the next few days, and to stop the spread of the virus from the Northern Beaches.
We have also received advice from the NSW Uniting Church Synod, recommending churches in our Presbytery area avoid face-to face worship tomorrow.
Our Leadership team have just met to discuss this, and in light of the recommendations we are advising the following:
We would strongly encourage people to stay home tomorrow (Sunday 20th) and participate in worship from home.
You can watch our 8am and 9:45am services live on Facebook
Those that attend worship face to face will be required to wear a facemask for the duration of the service, and there will be no communal singing as a part of worship this week.
As the soft lock-down is only until next Wednesday, we are hopeful that this will not affect our Christmas Eve and Day Services. At this point in time our Service of Remembrance will continue with extra precautions in place, however we will update you if anything changes with that.
We realise that this is incredibly inconvenient and comes at short notice, but we are trying to do our best to adhere to government advice and keep everyone safe, so that Christmas and the New Year can be a time of celebration and joy.
Please be praying for the residents of the Northern beaches at this difficult and anxious time.