Stage 3 - Resuming gatherings

Church as restrictions are lifted

As of July 19, 2020, Gympie Presbyterian Church is regathering at One Mile State School. (This page has been updated to reflect ‘Stage 4-Version 5’ restrictions, commencing October 16 2020)

We will operate according to the approved COVID Safe Plan for ‘places of worship’. This plan enables us to meet together in Bible study groups and as church on Sundays. This post gives a brief explanation of the procedures we have in place as we gather on Sundays at One Mile State School.

COVID Safe information for Sundays

Before you arrive

Although we’re all excited to be able to gather in-person, you must stay home if you:

  • have upper respiratory symptoms (runny nose, cough, colds etc) —this includes children
  • exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms
  • have been in contact within the past 14 days with a person having or suspected of having COVID-19
  • have returned from overseas in the past 14 days or been in contact with someone who has.

Also, the COVID Safe guidelines recommend that people

  • over 70 years of age
  • over 65 years of age with underlying health issues
  • indigenous and over the age of 50 with one or more chronic diseases

‘should ‘exercise judgement and consult their doctor for advice on their specific situation. They are not ‘banned’ from attending’.

Please bring with you

  • A Bible (best) or Bible app on your device (second best). (If you don’t own a Bible, please contact us-—we’d love to give you one!)
  • Notice Sheet. You’ll be able to download/print it from here. It’ll be updated each Friday.
  • We will be having a simple morning tea (see below) but you may like to bring extra snacks - particularly for children.
  • A ready, generous heart and open ears!

When you arrive

  • There is plenty of parking on McLeod Lane. Please prioritise the closest car parks for people with limited mobility.
  • Please enter via the double gates on McLeod Lane. (We’ve got an A-Frame which will show you the way.)
  • Make your way to the welcomers where
    • You’ll be greeted with a warm smile—but not a handshake or hug!
    • You’ll be asked whether you’ve been unwell, or been in a person who is at risk of COVID19.
    • You’ll need to give details for contact tracing
      • If you’re in our directory we’ll mark you on the roll.
      • If you’re visiting we’ll record name, address, mobile phone. This will be kept for contact tracing - unless you permit us to add your details to the church database.
    • A welcomer will explain how we are going to preserve physical distancing in our seating arrangement.

During the service

  • We will be singing! At this point, we’ll use pre-recorded music.
  • There will be a kids spot during the service, and Sunday School for children from kindergarten/pre-prep to mid-primary school age will start partway through the service.

After the service

  • We’ll have a simple morning tea outside the hall.
    • We will have available:
      • Pre-packaged and individually wrapped biscuits.
      • Tea or coffee in disposable cups, served by trained volunteers who regularly washes/sanitises their hands.
      • Bottled water, Poppers and/or cordial
    • Please ensure we all continue safe physical distancing during this time.
    • Those on the clean-up roster will put away chairs and sweep the hall.

Things will feel a little different as we gather under the COVID Safe plan, and we’ll all be learning how to do this together. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch.

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Published: July 19, 2020