From the Archbishop
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.
From Saturday 27 June it is possible for Sunday and weekday services to open in line with the Government’s Phase 4 requirements. This allows for churches to open while:
- maintaining a strict limit of a minimum of two square metres (2sqm) per patron (excluding staff)
- maintaining 1.5 metres separation between people who are not from the same household or groups of other patrons.
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.
Peace and grace
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