Risen Ministries COVID-19 Commentary

 

At Risen Ministries we are committed to providing our church family, and the wider community in which we are a part, with care and support. Given the ever-changing situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to assure you that we are continually reviewing the current information provided by NSW Health and are taking action as a Church to respond accordingly. This includes providing you with regular information and updates on our current response plan in place for our Church.

 

Our Eldership Board forms the COVID-19 response team for our Church. The Board will consider the current government and medical authorities’ information, which will inform decisions in terms of church services and other Church activities. This includes safety and the ongoing care and support of our church community during this time. The Board meets as required to review current NSW Health advice and plan appropriate action in response to the advice. It is important to note that the information being released from NSW Health is changing regularly as they respond to the pandemic, so future plans are likely to change to ensure actions are in alignment with the directions of NSW Health.

 

Advice from NSW Health is that during the pandemic we do not shake hands, hug, or kiss as a greeting, plus try to maintain a distance of 1.5m from each other where possible and continue to practice good hand washing hygiene. We ask that you adhere to this advice during your attendance at any Church activities.

 

If you are experiencing flu like symptoms, we ask you to stay at home and away from church related activities. This request includes all congregation members and guests. If you are unwell, please notify someone in our church so that you can be supported and cared for.

 

If you are experiencing heightened levels of anxiety due to the pandemic, or for any other reasons, please contact Pastor Thara or your trusted Health professional.

 

During this pandemic we are strongly guided by Biblical principles as we walk in faith and wisdom required of us as Christians:

 

  • We show love for our neighbours and the community by protecting and caring for the vulnerable in our community from the possible transmission of this virus
  • We will move forward in faith, hope and responsibility and not fear
  • As always, the correct response is love, especially in uncertain and worrying times

 

We strongly encourage you during this time to find ways to stay connected with each other and your community. This may primarily be through technology (our website and Facebook site) or an appropriate home visit.

 

Let’s continue to remind ourselves of the transforming truth in 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind”.

 

The medical challenges COVID-19 presents have caused global pressure and strain unprecedented in our lifetime. Now is the time that we as the church need to pray for people to turn to God and discover His forgiveness, love, peace and power in a real way. Let’s pray for opportunities to share the gospel, upholding those serving our nation on the front lines and those in government and let’s continue to pray for one another regularly.

 

Helpful Documents

 

See below some helpful documents to help us ensure the highest level of hygiene to assist in slowing down the spread of COVID19:

 

Social Distancing

How to Hand Rub

Hand Washing

 

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