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.
Phase 4 restrictions remain in place throughout Western. This means maximum occupancies are driven by the requirement to have 2sqm per person and physical distancing of 1.5m is encouraged.
The WA Government has announced the introduction of mandatory contact registers at relevant businesses and venues from 5 December 2020. Places of worship are included in this list.
This means any person who attends one of our places of worship or community, will be required to register their contact details. This includes clerical staff, any others involved in the service, volunteers, visitors and parishioners.
To assist us, the State Government has released a free, safe and secure app called SafeWA. The app provides each venue with a unique QR code for staff, visitors and parishioners to scan to register their attendance at a service or event.
We invite you to download this app and scan to register your attendance at relevant businesses and venues from 5 December 2020. SafeWA can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Using the SafeWA app is easy:
- Create an account
- Check in.
For further information please read the SafeWA How to Guide for Individuals. If you require support call 13COVID (13 26843).
The WA Government has advised the data will be encrypted at the point of capture, stored securely and only be accessible by authorised Department of Health (DoH) contact tracing personnel should COVID-19 tracing be needed. This means the DoH can “trace” quicker and keep people safe.
It is recognised that many of our visitors and parishioners do not have a smart phone or may not wish to use the app. A paper-based register will be available in such circumstances to record your name, telephone number, location, date and arrival time. We are required to keep that information for 28 days and respond to a demand from the DoH for contact registration information within 3 hours.
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