Trinity Session’s Response to the Coronavirus Situation – 20 March 2020

Dear All,

This is to advise of arrangements for worship and fellowship at Trinity Camberwell for this Sunday, 22 March 2020.

As you will now be aware, due to the public health emergency caused by the Covid 19 virus, all indoor public gatherings, including church services, weddings, and funerals have been limited in size to a maximum of 100 persons until further notice, with the PM advising larger churches to break into smaller group sizes in order to be compliant.

Session has met in order to respond to the fast-moving situation and to make arrangements for this coming Sunday.

Session has resolved to suspend Sunday School and Bible Classes and hold three services at Trinity this Lord’s Day: 

9.00am, 11.00am and 6.30pm

Session also understands that some may choose not to attend, for a variety of reasons.  We want all our congregation to be connected and be able to join in fellowship together even if you need to remotely.  If you are unable to attend we encourage you to access the recording of the Service from our website –  https://trinitycamberwell.org.au/sermons/

The three services this Sunday will be limited to 100 persons.  Services will be streamlined to be contained within the hour.  Those living within a 10k radius of the church are encouraged to attend the 9.00am service if at all possible so those living further away can attend the 11.00am service. You are encouraged to attend only one of the three services.

To ensure social distancing, people are asked to sit in family groupings where applicable and spread out throughout the church – using every third pew.  Other changes include:

  • Access will be through the North Porch doors only which will remain open throughout church.
  • Rather than using offering bags, a retiring offering using the “Minister’s Box” in the North Porch will occur.
  • All words for hymns, songs, and readings will be displayed on the screen. Please do not use pew Bibles and hymn books.
  • If you will need drinks, please bring your own water bottle.
  • No morning tea will be served.

In order to show care and consideration to one another while at church, we ask everyone to familiarise yourselves with and abide by the “Meeting Protocol” below which is the advice issued by relevant authorities.

This may be the last time we have opportunity to worship and fellowship together for some time. We do not know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future and our hope and trust are in Him.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear” Psalm 46:1

Every Blessing and Strength,

Phil Mercer

On behalf of Trinity Session.