*Please note this page reflects the current status of these groups which is subject to change in the future
Quick Link to Program Planning Templates – TEMPLATES HERE
To adhere to the health recommendations in response to COVID-19, we are taking measures to reduce risk and care for our community. This means that we are making changes to the way we gather and worship together.
Whether you are a paid staff member, a volunteer or a member of our congregation or the wider community please:
- Stay home if you are sick
- Go home if you start to feel unwell and notify a leader as you leave
- Get tested if you have symptoms of respiratory disease (cough, sore throat, breathing difficulties) or fever
- Tell us if you have symptoms or if you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID or has been tested for COVID
- Clean your personal items upon arrival such as sunglasses and mobile phones
If you are over the age of 70, over the age of 60 and have a significant/ chronic health issue or are over the age of 50 and are aboriginal with a significant/chronic health issue we recommend that you consider whether you should attend our services, events or activities for your own safety. Information to assist you with your decision is available HERE from the Queensland Government.
The Church Office is our central point of coordination in this time. Please contact them if you have any questions.
WHAT IS CHANGING AND CONTINUING
Recommencing Our Physical Life Together
Activities Run By or For Vulnerable People
While the Church is able to commence some activities subject to planning and Council approvals, this is made more complicated for those activities that rely solely on leaders/volunteers who are in the vulnerable category or where the majority of attendees are vulnerable people. The advice from the Qld Government continues to be that these people should protect themselves including avoiding non-essential travel and contact (Qld Gov Link). Some of these programs will be able to commence in reduced ways.
If your program/activity is run by or run for people in the vulnerable category, please speak with you Mission Team Leader, Ministry Staff Member or Church Council Chair to discuss options and timelines prior to starting to draft documentation.
Planning Templates & Draft Communications
If you would like to start planning the recommencement of your program / activity, you can do so using the templates located HERE. If you have questions about how to complete and progress these requirements, please reach out for help (to the Office or Mission Team).
The above link also includes draft communications you can sent to leaders, volunteers and attendees around our expectations on them.
The Gap Uniting Church has worship online for Morning Worship. Visit http://live.thegapuca.org.au to access!
Whether it is from maximum attendance numbers, social distancing requirements or personal preference, as worship recommences we acknowlege that some people will be excluded. A live-streaming approach for Morning Worship is now available with the aim for everyone to be able to participate in our Church community either online or in-person.
We will need to reshape and prioritise different elements and teams. In particular, we will need to grow and expand some of our creative and technology helpers. If these areas excite or interest you – even at the expense of ceasing to serve in other roles, we would love to hear how you can help us worship together.
Our road-map for Worship and the inclusion of certain elements are below.
Oct 11th onwards
Morning Worship is open to all who choose to attend provided they are able to register and are well. Night Church will review where they meet. Test and trial live music across services.
- First Steps in Music – back in person – bookings required – email & facebook for more information
- Grow Sunday School – on pause as Worship recommences
- Kids Hope – operating again at The Gap Stae School
- Ladies Day Fellowship – adhoc events for 2020
- Preparing the Church for Worship (volunteer roster) – recommencing with non-vulnerable workers
- Playgroup – back in person – bookings required – email & facebook for more information
- Potting Group – recommencing from Tuesday September 15th 2020
- Rosters associated with Worship – recommencing along with in-person Worship
- Seniors’ Group – adhoc external events for 2020
- Small Groups – commencing including Friendship Groups
- Weekly Prayer – continuing online
- Youth Groups (Church and Rec, Friday Night Live) – back in person
- Church Office – weekdays 9am to midday – please avoid visiting the office wherever possible. If in doubt, call first!
- Governance & Oversight Meetings (Church Council, Mission Teams and Program/Activity Meetings) – continuing online or in person if the Church Meetings Program Plan is followed
- Property/Grounds Rosters – continue with appropriate social distancing, outdoor work only and other practices
Further information will be made available by the leader/coordinator of each activity as it rolls out.
WHAT IS CANCELLED OR POSTPONED
Weekly or Monthly Activities, Groups & Rosters
- Family Ministries – cancelled
- Fit after Fifty – postponed until 2021
- GUCCE (craft group) – postponed until 2021
- Men’s Group – cancelled
- RI (Religious Instruction) – cancelled
WHAT CONTINUES NO MATTER WHAT!
- The ability to help and support each other as friends and family of The Gap Uniting Church and our local community
- The love and presence of Christ who walks beside us in this journey, guiding our way and strengthening us as we go