Letter to Nations Church – Updated 13 March 2020
Dear Nations Church,
We understand that the reports regarding Coronavirus are concerning and we wanted you to know that your health and well-being is important to us. We are currently monitoring the situation closely and as recently as today, our Prime Minister has issued a recommendation to not attend any non-essential gatherings over 500 people as of this coming Monday until the Health Department gives a new update on the containment of the virus.
Currently most of our church services in all our Perth campuses do not exceed 500 people per service. On some occasions, the Myaree 9am service does come close to or exceed 500 people.
This Sunday (15th March) all services will be running as per usual however we will be making an announcement regarding how we can help redeploy some of the attendance from our 9am service to our other church services to help even out the numbers.
In all this, we must prioritise prayer! Remember that the church is by definition a community of faith, not a community of fear. That said, we do want to be wise and will be taking the following practical measures:
If you have flu-like symptoms, or if you or a family member have returned from a moderate-risk country and have presented with flu-like symptoms, then it is important that you refrain from attending any Nations Church activities for a minimum of 14 days. This includes our Sunday services, Connect Groups, Youth gatherings.
This also applies to anyone that has travelled to a high-risk nation or has been in direct contact with someone who has. The 14-day self-isolation will be required of everyone who has travelled to mainland China, Iran, Italy, South Korea as per the Health Department’s recommendations.
To keep yourself up to date you can feel free to log on to: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
Rather than passing the offering buckets around, you will find envelopes on your seats for cash or credit card slips. You will be able to drop your giving at the end of the services into the buckets held by ushers. There is also an opportunity for you to bring your tithe through direct debit. The details are at www.nationschurch.com/give. Alternatively, you can tithe through the Nations Church App (available for iPhone or Android).
For now, we will not be partaking in communion for public health reasons.
To minimise risk, we will be asking our teams to refrain from shaking hands and hugs. Please don’t be offended, we still love you!
Will be available at Info Desks at all campuses.
Our Kids Ministers will be regularly sanitising hands throughout the program and will not allow any child with flu-like symptoms to take part in our programs. We have had teams in during the week to clean and thoroughly disinfect all toys and hard surfaces to avoid contamination.
All food service for kids and biscuits at cafe have been stopped and Welcome Lounges will now only serve pre-packaged biscuits.
Keep in touch.
If you are unwell, self-isolating, or are diagnosed with COVID-19, then please don’t go through this alone. We would like you to let us know by email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can cover you in prayer and give you the pastoral care you need.
Watch sermons online.
Finally, let’s remember that how we live and the way we respond to any crisis is meant to be different to the prevailing culture around us. This is an opportune moment for us to share the hope we have in Christ to a world desperate for answers.
Praying for divine health and protection for you and your family.
Pastors Ken and Chrissy Lee