St Michael’s Pathway to Re-opening | Term 4 2021
“Warm and welcoming, safe and sensible”
The ministry staff, in liaison with our Wardens, have decided to re-open St Michael’s Cathedral for church services in the week beginning 25th October. By then NSW will be well over the milestone of 80% rate of full vaccination for 16+.
The Government is permitting us to re-open our Cathedral to all comers. This enables us to reflect the welcome Jesus offers in his gospel. We are grateful for this, since Galatians 3:28 reminds us:
“you are all one in Christ Jesus”
But we intend to re-open in a way that is “warm and welcoming, safe and sensible”. This means taking into account the different health needs and context of each congregation.
This will include designated spaces for the ‘vaxed and vulnerable’, the 4m2/person capacity rule, masks to be worn indoors (except for under 12s), and no congregational singing for now.
Where a segment of our membership is particularly vulnerable, for example, due to age, we will limit who many attend.
But every member and guest who comes to St Michael’s will have some good opportunities to attend church here for ministry of word, prayer and fellowship, whether vaccinated or not. To the specifics…
Our Sunday services will recommence on 31st October.
For the first two Sundays back, at least, all children will need to sit with their parents or carers. We will review this requirement after November 7th, once we have farewelled Sandy.
Please note the special arrangements applying to your congregation of choice. Then note the extra instructions that apply to every congregation.