Worship, gatherings and groups in a time of social distancing

*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.

Worship

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.

Aug 23rd to Sept 13th

Commence in-person worship and live-streaming for Morning Worship focusing on families & children. Night Church to commence meeting in the car-park with no streaming. All music to be pre-recorded. Test and trial technology, registration, check-in & cleaning.

Sept 20th to Oct 4th

Morning Worship is open to all who choose to attend provided they are able to register and are well. Night Church to continue to meet in the car-park. Music will continue to be pre-recorded.

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.

Regular Activities

  • Book & Plant Sale – October 10th 2020
  • First Steps in Music – back in person – bookings required – email & facebook for more information
  • Grow Sunday School – on pause as Worship recommences
  • 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
  • Small Groups – commencing
  • 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 – all classes cancelled
  • Friendship Groups – cancelled
  • GUCCE (craft group) – cancelled
  • Kids Hope – cancelled
  • Ladies Day Fellowship – cancelled
  • Men’s Group – cancelled
  • RI (Religious Instruction) – cancelled
  • Seniors’ Group – 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