Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

27 March 2020

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25 March 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers

Decisions made yesterday evening by the National Cabinet mean additional changes to the restrictions on places of worship and public gatherings from midnight tonight, 25 March 2020.  Read more.

24 March 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update Web transcript - 24 March 2020

23 March 2020 – 5.00pm
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Dear Brothers and Sisters

Further to my update this morning, we have now heard from the General Synod Office and accessed the directive from the WA Department of Health which makes it absolutely clear that all places of worship (which means premises used for religious activities such as a chapel or church) must close effective immediately as per the Emergency Management Act 2005 WA.

The only exemptions are for funerals or weddings which must comply with the rules regarding public gatherings.

This means no services of worship and no gatherings of groups may take place in any of our church buildings.

Thank you for your patience and care as we manage this next stage of responsible citizenship and creative ministry.

Peace and grace
+Kay

The Most Reverend Kay Goldsworthy AO | Archbishop

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Monday 23 March 2020 
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Dear Sisters and Brothers

On Sunday (Lent 4, 22 March) I, like you, did not worship in the usual way.  Thank you to those who copied the Bishops in on letters written to parishes advising that all services had been suspended.  I went to several virtual services and felt close to you all as members of Christ’s body.

Yesterday the Prime Minister announced further restrictions and requirements for gatherings in which he spoke of churches closing.  The Health Department’s release advised as follows:

This would entail the temporary closure of registered and licensed clubs (excluding bottleshops attached to these venues), pubs, hotels (excluding accommodation), gyms, indoor sporting venues, cinemas, casinos, entertainment venues, restaurants and cafes (which will be restricted to take away and/or home delivery), places of worship, weddings, funerals (other than very small groups with the 4sqm per person rule to apply). 

There have been some questions about the meaning of this directed into the Episcopal Office overnight.  The General Secretary of the National Church is seeking clarification of the meaning of ‘very small groups’.  As soon as this advice is received, I will let you know. 

There are a number of issues that are being considered by the Bishops and senior staff for life going forward in the Diocese which require careful thought and planning.

In this very stressful time you remain in my prayers for calm and reassurance in the love of Christ.

Peace and grace

  +Kay

The Most Reverend Kay Goldsworthy AO | Archbishop

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20 March 2020

CIRCULAR: All Clergy, Wardens and Council Secretaries
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.

+Kay
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The Most Reverend Kay Goldsworthy AO | Archbishop

19 March 2020

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.

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