Worship at High Street Road & St John’s Uniting Churches.
For most of 2020 our worship has been online, and we have gathered virtually. We use video to film our services and they are accessible at any time. But beginning on 6th December, we will begin gathering face to face within a Covid Safe environment. You will find our Advent/Christmas times here.
WHAT WILL OUR WORSHIP LOOK LIKE IN A COVID SAFE ENVIRONMENT?
Worship will seem quite different because our priority must be to keep everyone safe. But it will be wonderful to see each other again, to sit in our sacred spaces and to worship God and pray in community once again. These are the requirements we are required by law to meet:
- All people attending worship must always be socially distanced. Our capacity for both our churches is limited to 60 people.
- There can be no congregational singing. However, on Christmas Day there will be a small Covid Safe choir at St John’s socially distanced from the congregation.
- No food or drink can be consumed, nor utensils shared. Sadly this includes Holy Communion which will be celebrated symbolically.
- Where the demand for attending a service exceeds 60, we will give priority to people who have been unable to watch our online worship and for others we will make a fair distribution across all the Advent/Christmas services.
- In order that we can comply with both Government and Uniting Church requirements, everyone will need to contact our offices to ‘book their seats’. We recommend that you do this for the whole of the Advent/Christmas season. For the services you wish to attend at St John’s, email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring (9888 2295) during office hours. For the services you wish to attend at High St Rd, email Shirley email@example.com or ring (0418 586 143) during office hours.
- To reserve a priority place (people who have been unable to access online services) 4 days’ notice will need to be given by 5pm on Wednesday 2 December.
- Please let us know if your circumstances change and you can’t attend a service so that we can offer your place to someone on our waiting list.
- We will email or telephone you to confirm places.
- St John’s will open all its building on Christmas Day to enable as many people as possible to celebrate together in a Covid safe way.
- Everyone must come fifteen minutes early for Covid processing. Enter through back door at HSRUC and the front door NEXT TO THE CHAPEL at St John’s. Greeters will invite you to queue up, socially distanced and move to processing stations for temperature checks, signing in, sanitising of hands. Masks always to be worn inside. Stewards will guide you to your seats where you will continue to be socially distanced – couples may sit together.
- Exiting worship is through the front door at HSRUC and through the side door of the narthex leading directly into the carpark at
- St John’s.
You will need to be patient with us as this is a big learning process for everyone – and hopefully our restrictions will ease in the New Year.
WHAT HASN’T CHANGED?
Coronavirus has changed everything for everyone! Churches are no different! But what we believe hasn’t changed. How we serve and care hasn’t changed. Seeking God’s Kingdom of love, hope, peace, justice and joy remains the compass point to which we are heading. So if you are thinking about visiting us, we understand that coming to a new church or coming to church at all, can be a bit daunting. Will I be welcome? Will I know what to do? Be assured that there will always be a friend to show you the ropes or to ensure that you are settled in a quiet space if you are seeking peace and tranquillity.
WHAT WILL YOUR WORSHIP EXPERIENCE BE LIKE?
Our worship, be it face to face or virtual, transitions between traditional and contemporary and runs for about an hour. We enjoy Christian music and songs where the message is relevant to our lives and faith but where old favourites still have an important part to play. When our ministers Julie and Semisi speak to us, they seek to uncover how the Biblical story is connected to our stories. Hence, we discover how relevant the Scriptures are to our lives and the world beyond us. We have some fine musicians and drama forms an important part of our worship from time to time – especially at Christmas!
After worship we used to share morning tea in our Fellowship Areas or in the lovely, adjacent courtyards if the weather is fine. Hopefully the time will come when we can enjoy this once again.
SUNDAY EVENING WORSHIP
Our SundayPM services previously held at 6.00pm on the first three Sundays of the month, are now held at 7.00pm via Zoom. At the moment we are conducting a new series of Bible studies on a great book co-authored by Marcus Borg and Tom Wright The Meaning of Jesus – Two Visions. Two great friends debate their often opposing views on the life and times of Jesus the man, the theology of Jesus the Christ and the politics and culture of his times. If you would like to join us please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!