The Diocese of Perth is responding to the COVID-19 crisis responsibly. We are trusting in God’s love to be alongside us as we respond in this time of concern and anxiety in the community. Please visit this website regularly for updates and contact your local parish for current information on services and other opportunities to remain an active member of your Anglican community as we journey together.
The Diocese follows the directions provided by The WA Department of Premier and Cabinet on the restrictions in place for worship and public gatherings.
COVID-19 Update - 9 July 2021
Dear Sisters and Brothers
The Premier has today advised that the Perth and Peel regions will return to pre-lockdown conditions from Monday 12 July at 12.01am, with capacity limits removed and masks not required.
However, the following remain in place to continue keeping WA safe:
- Mandatory contact registers
- COVID Safety Plans for businesses
- COVID Event Plans for large-scale events
- WA’s controlled border
- Travel restrictions to some remote Aboriginal communities
From Monday 12 July at 12.01am, for the Diocese this will mean
- Registering contact details through the SafeWA app or manual registers remains mandatory
- Continue to maintain a high degree of personal hygiene and COVID-safe principles
- Holy Communion in one kind - I am continuing to actively investigate the reinstating of the common cup (until further advice is received the practice remains Communion in one kind)
The Archbishop's Facebook page is also dedicated to offering support and information.
Further information for parishes, clergy and staff is available in the Parish and Clergy Portal.
We continue to pray that in God’s grace and healing mercy this pandemic will be brought under control, that medical teams will have the stamina and resources they need, that essential workers will be safe and treated with respect and that the vaccines being rolled out will be effective, widely available and bring relief. Amen.
Prayers for Coronavirus COVID-19
Prayer in a time of epidemic disease
Lord Jesus Christ, healer and friend,
come and care for all of us
through the danger and uncertainty
of the coronavirus epidemic.
To people who are sick, bring healing.
To people who are displaced, isolated,
or cut off from family, friends or work,
bring comfort and companionship.
Work with medical staff as they care for the sick,
and protect them from harm.
Give skill and fruitful research to scientists
as they work on treatments and a vaccine.
To public health authorities, give wisdom
to decide the best ways to manage
both this crisis and our anxieties.
When communities are fearful,
give a calm spirit,
and kindness to neighbours and strangers.
Through this testing time,
and through all the risks we face together,
teach us once again how we can love one another
as you have loved us. Amen.
For the Christian community
We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.
Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference