Sunday Services Suspended

Friday 20 March 2020 – 1.00pm

The Government has just issued a new directive regarding non-essential, indoor gatherings of less than 100 people. The requirement now is that four (4) square metres be provided for each person. This is equivalent to 25 people per 100 square metres. It is clear that most of our churches will find this new requirement impossible with which to comply.

Sadly, this means that all Sunday services must be suspended beginning this Sunday 22 March 2020.

I know that you have been working at your plan for the continuing ministry in your parish community. These will need to be communicated to your parish members as widely as possible in the next few days. It may be that not everyone in your parish will receive the news before Sunday. To this end, I ask that clergy and lay leaders be present at churches across the Diocese on Sunday at usual worship times so that anyone who may arrive can be told of this decision and of the parish plan going forward.

I know that you will be as disappointed as I am that this step is necessary. However, our first consideration is the health, welfare and safety of the people in our parishes and the wider community.

Blessing from APBA:

All our problems, we send to the cross of Christ.
All our difficulties, we send to the cross of Christ.
All the devil’s works, we send to the cross of Christ.
All our hopes, we set on the risen Christ.
And the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be among you and remain with you always.

The Most Reverend Kay Goldsworthy AO | Archbishop