THE CHURCH ON THE HILL AND THE CHURCH ON THE PLAIN
High Street Road Worship Centre
482 High Street Road, Mount Waverley 3149
Office: 9887 8239
Virginia Street Worship Centre
37-43 Virginia Street, Mount Waverley 3149
Office: 9888 2295
Together as One Congregation
High Street Road and St John’s Uniting Churches began worshipping together every Sunday at alternating churches in February 2020. Since Easter 2020, our worship continued to be together but virtual, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Our two churches, with the support of Presbytery and Synod, have now become one and our outreach to the community and those in need has been strengthened by our collaboration.
The Church on the Hill and the Church on the Plain are now one Church in Community!
This officially commenced on 1 January 2021, with our service of inauguration held on 7 February 2021. We are overjoyed that this has come to be and give heartfelt thanks to God! In a time when everyone has been social distancing and in lockdown, we have reversed the trend and have become one! Details of our worship times and locations can be found here.
MOVING FORWARD WITH COVID-19
Requirement to record church worker and volunteer covid vaccination status
Our Synod has advised us that under current Victorian COVID-19 Health Directions from Friday October 15, our church must collect and record COVID-19 vaccination information for all staff and volunteers. If you undertake work or volunteer at either of our sites, please look for further information in our Newsletter No. 39, regarding this requirement and the need to provide proof of vaccination status. All COVID-19 vaccination records will be held confidentially at our two offices by our office managers.
We are very pleased that most of our people have advised our ministers that they are fully vaccinated. Thank you for your cooperation in complying with this new Synod requirement as soon as possible. Paul Kirton for Church Council
On Sunday 17th, the Victorian government gave us the good news that from midnight Thursday, October 20 (which means first thing Friday October 21), we will have reached the threshold of 70 percent of people 16 years old and over fully vaccinated. For Religious gatherings, funerals and weddings, the following limits apply:
- Fully Vaccinated: Outdoor maximum of 50 people
- Fully Vaccinated: Indoor maximum of 20 people
- Unknown vaccination status: Outdoor maximum of 20 people
- Unknown vaccination status: Indoor maximum of 10 people
Religious gathering applies not only to worship services, but to other meetings of the church. If there are more than 10 people attending, everyone present must show that they are double vaccinated.
From Friday November 5 we’re likely to be able to gather indoors for religious gatherings and weddings, with a 4 square metres per person ratio, maximum of 150, on the condition that we know that everyone present is fully vaccinated. For HSR, this is a maximum of 47 and for Virginia St it’s 52 fully vaccinated people in the worship space. If the vaccination status of worshippers is unknown, it’s a maximum of 20 people, either indoors or outdoors.
At HSR and St John’s, we are working towards having face to face worship from Sunday 14th November. But numbers will be limited and booking through the church offices will be required.
Let us all support each other, reach out to friends and neighbours who may need our help and praise God for our loving community. Stay safe, be kind and wear a mask whenever you leave home.
Online worship will continue indefinitely. This can be accessed at any time by anyone through the following link:
Details of our informal Sunday evening worship and discussion can be found here.
On the 7th of February 2021 the inauguration service for our two congregations becoming one was held at St John’s Uniting Church Mount Waverley and was available for live streaming at that time. For those who missed this service, please follow the link below to view the video online.