Due to the NSW Government lockdown that was announced this afternoon, we won’t be gathering at the Ministry Centre tomorrow. Church will be via livestream at 8.30am only (the recording will be available to watch any time after the service is finished). For our Chinese brothers and sisters, a Mandarin translation will be available live during the 8:30am livestream.

Click here to watch the 8.30am Sunday livestream
Click here to watch the 8.30am Sunday livestream (Mandarin translation)
Click here to see the announcement on the ABC news website

The funeral on Monday will still go ahead at the Ministry Centre but with limited guests. Please contact the family for more information. Click here to watch the funeral via livestream.

This is a difficult time for many who are facing disappointment with cancelled school holiday plans or changes in work conditions. Let’s keep our eyes fixed on the One who holds all things in his hands and remember the hope that we have in him. Why not take a moment during the week to encourage someone with a phone call or text message, especially those you know who live on their own and could be feeling particularly isolated during lockdown.

“For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:24-25

Due to the temporary restrictions announced by the NSW Premier yesterday, face masks will be mandatory for everyone who attends our services this weekend (see exemptions below). There are a number of church activities affected by the restrictions over the next week which are outlined below. These are based on the current Public Health Order.

Sunday services at the Ministry Centre

Our services are still on and we have plenty of space for everyone. We’ll be humming and clapping along to our band instead of singing, but we will still pray together, hear God’s word and encourage each other over refreshments after the services. Morning tea/supper will be available outside, prepared and served in a COVID-safe way. Please note the following:

  • No congregational singing during worship
  • Bring a mask (face masks are compulsory indoors and outdoors – see exemptions below)
  • Keep at least one seat gap between households in the main hall
  • Practice physical distancing when talking with people who are not from your own household
  • Greet others without making contact
  • Wash your hands & use hand sanitiser
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm
  • Stay home if sick!

Growth Groups in homes

Growth Groups meeting in homes are limited to five people, including children.

Growth Groups at the Ministry Centre

  • Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors (see exemptions below)
  • The 4m2 rule applies to room capacities

Lakes Youth Extreme on Friday night

Leaders and children are NOT required to wear masks at Lakes Youth Extreme, however parents must wear masks when dropping off or picking up kids.

Lakes Youth Camp

The camp is going ahead however please note the following:

  • The campsite has offered extra accommodation to allow for physical distancing
  • No congregational singing during worship
  • Facemasks will NOT be required for youth and leaders during camp, in line with guidelines for education programs
  • Facemasks will be required by parents picking up and dropping off kids at the camp

State of Origin night after Church@5

This event is cancelled. There will be a dinner after Church@5 on 4th July.

Seniors Day

  • Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors (see exemptions below)
  • No congregational singing
  • Held in the main hall to allow physical distancing

Funeral on Monday

  • Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors (see exemptions below)
  • No congregational singing
  • Held in the main hall to allow physical distancing

Church office and Ministry Centre during the week

Everyone who visits, volunteers or works in the church office or the Ministry Centre during the week will be required to wear a mask (see exemptions below).

Exemptions to mask-wearing

In accordance with NSW Government guidelines, the following people do not need to wear masks at the Ministry Centre: children 12 years and under while in church, singers/speakers on stage, teachers and children in Kids Church, anyone while eating or drinking. For a full list of exemptions click here.

We are hoping that from this Sunday our Chinese brothers and sisters will be able to share in Sunday worship through live-streaming with Mandarin translation. If we can’t arrange it in time for this week, a translation will be included to the recording for you to watch after the live-stream. You can find videos in the Chinese playlist on The Lakes YouTube channel here.

We are also working on a virtual Bible study meeting after the service. Growth Groups are encouraged and supported to meet virtually as well through the week. If you have any questions or need any help, please contact Susie Schubert (her contact details are in the church directory).