Corona virus (COVID-19) update
Updated 9 June 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.
God has been good to us in this country and we’re so thankful to be gradually coming out of this COVID-19 season.
The government has announced that up to 50 people can now meet in a place of worship, however, we face the challenges of Capacity, Cleaning and Check ins.
Regular Sunday Gatherings
With the 4 sqm rule, our church buildings can have a maximum of 35 people at Kirribilli and Neutral Bay is 42. Every hard surface needs to be wiped down after any meeting and every attendee checked in. When we gather in public, we are not allowed to sing, since that action projects the virus much further than speaking.
We would encourage you to keep watching church online and inviting people into your homes to watch these broadcasts together.
If you are craving company, you are able to attend one of our church sites to gather with other people and watch the online church broadcast at 10am or 6pm, with the appropriate parameters in place. If you would like to do that, please contact Liz Hennessey in the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 8920 9817) and she will explain all the regulations and procedures you will need to follow.
Throughout the week, online church will continue to 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.
Midweek, it is now possible for a number of Connect groups, if they would like, to meet in public on our church sites. If you intend to do this on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening, please contact Liz Hennessey in the church office (email@example.com or phone 02 8920 9817) and she will explain all the regulations and procedures you will need to follow.
Our central prayer evenings (first Wednesday of every month) are continuing online.
Zoom in at 7.30pm using this link https://zoom.us/j/280692925 (Meeting ID: 280 692 925) and join us in reading a psalm and saying corporate prayers. Then we’ll split into ‘Breakout Rooms’ of 6-8 people to pray in small groups, come back together for a biography, then back into Breakout Rooms.
Prayer: We encourage you to form prayer chains within your Connect Groups. If you require specific prayer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Our youth group is starting to meet again in person on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons, with appropriate restrictions in place.
Playtime and Bridge Kids have decided to continue meeting online at this stage, given the number of children involved and the challenges around smaller children.
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.
Care for self isolators: Please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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: