Corona virus (COVID-19) update
Updated 22 March 2020
We would like to let you know how Church by the Bridge & St Augustine's is responding in relation to Coronavirus COVID-19. We want to assure you that we are closely monitoring the advice from our Federal & State governments, the health authorities as well as from our diocese. We want to assure you we are committed to do everything possible to provide a safe environment for our church community to enable us to continue to live for Jesus and love like Jesus in this season.
Regular Sunday Gatherings
In light of the government recommendations and advice from the Archbishop, for the time being we will no longer be able to meet in our church buildings for our regular Sunday gatherings. We have launched ONLINE CHURCH and hope you're enjoying gathering together there, virtually!
We believe church is not a building, so as we gather online to worship God and sit under His word, we’re expecting God to do great and mighty things in our church family. Church online has engaging worship music, powerful preaching of God’s word and times for prayer, encouragements and kids elements. We’re looking forward to hearing how people are enjoying God through our online open mic, testimonies and stories. Each Sunday, online church will be streamed at 10am and 6pm, so we encourage you to be part of this new way of doing church at those times. If for whatever reason you are not able to join us at those times, you’ll find a link to previous sessions on the online platform.
You can access online church through our website. Click the ‘online church’ button in the top right hand corner and we’ll see you there.
Throughout the week, online church will be streamlining content to encourage you to enjoy God, including daily devotions from our pastoral team. This will also be available on our Facebook and Instagram, so make sure you connect there.
If you need any help connecting to online church, we’d love to help you. Just contact your congregational pastor.
Connect Groups Still Meeting
Unless told otherwise we will continue to meet in our regular Connect Groups. However for those who choose to remain at home we will be asking each group to provide a ‘listening’ service – so people can listen in. We are asking groups to pray for those members who are not able to join, and to care for them practically and spiritually. For those Connect Groups who are able to meet safely, why not gather together for online church also?
Prayer: We encourage you to form prayer chains within your Connect Groups. If you require specific prayer, please email us at email@example.com
Resources: Again on our dedicated ‘ONLINE CHURCH’ webpage accessed via the main navigation menu, we will provide a list of recommended books to read, podcasts to listen to, and a Spotify playlist. You’ll also find a backlog of sermons under the BIBLE TALKS tab here.
Other Church Events / Activities
All our regular ‘midweek events’ have ceased as of March 18th, 2020.
Our Central Prayer Meetings will be put on hold, with the prayer resources provided for Connect groups.
All our ministries to the more vulnerable (e.g. Aged Care, Greenway) are being reinvented for this season, to continue to provide pastoral care without a physical presence.
One off events such as ‘Men’s Recharge’, ‘Mega Monday’, ‘Working Bee’ have all been cancelled. Refunds will be processed for those who have already registered.
‘Women’s Refuel’ and the ‘Resilient Teens Seminar’ will be rescheduled for later in the year.
Care for self isolators: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you are self isolating for any reason. Our team will compile a list of those most vulnerable as well as those who are self isolating. We will seek to maintain regular communication with you during this difficult time.
Phone Care: Our pastors will be making pastoral phone calls during this time – to ensure of your wellbeing and to pray with you over the phone.
‘Word of encouragement’: Starting on Monday 23rd March, we will be sending a daily word of encouragement, together with a short prayer you can pray. Look out for these on our new online church.
Caring for Others
#viralkindness: We have produced #viralkindess cards for all of us to share with our neighbours. These cards enable you to connect with people who are selfisolating, offering to help in safe but practical ways. These will be distrubuted via Connect group leaders and also available to print at home to use them in your neighbourhood.
Care packages for church members: Put together a care package (e.g. some basic supplies, a pack of cards, a favourite novel, a Christian book) or cook a meal and leave on the doorstep or offer to run some errands.
Phone calls: This is a wonderful time to recapture the art of communication through phone – a 5 minute phone call and prayer can make a huge difference.
Please pray for our government leaders, medical and health professionals. Pray for those most vulnerable and those already infected. Pray for the gospel to go out clearly and for Christians to shine a light into our needy world. And please do pray for God’s control, His care and His compassion to be so evident in this church family and in each one of us personally.
Be assured of our ongoing prayers and care for each one of you. We look forward to churching online with you!
For current information on the Coronavirus from the Australian Department of Health, please see: