COVID-19 Updates

*** Currently under restrictions ***

COVID update - 30 April 2022

Welcome and thanks!

We love having you with us and want to ensure that everyone who attends feels welcome, safe and included.

 

Everyone attending our facilities over the last 2 years of the COVID pandemic has complied with grace and cooperation with all the restrictions that have been imposed on us. In some instances, we have erred on the side of caution to demonstrate our genuine love and concern for one another. We make no apology for this. We are a high risk environment and give priority to caring for others.

 

A number of people are choosing to stay away from services and events because of the high risk to them, and of course none of us can come if we are unwell. To maintain connections, we have been recording and making available the whole Sunday morning service online as well as live streaming. You can also download the sermon text from the website. Continue in prayer for each other as we all negotiate the various courses of action we need to take.

 

Mask wearing

The government mandate on wearing masks indoors was lifted on 14 April. However, it has been demonstrated that masks are a very effective way of limiting the spread of COVID. COVID is in the community and with the easing of restrictions more and more people will become infected. Wearing a mask protects the other person from infection from you; if you don’t wear a mask you are at greater risk.

 

A number of people who come to Grange Baptist Church would suffer serious consequences if infected with COVID. Out of concern for them and the general health of the community we strongly encourage that we all continue to wear masks when we gather at the church, especially at larger gatherings that are open to the public, and especially for extended times. On Sunday mornings, only sing if you are wearing a mask. Singing is known to be a ‘super spreader’. As there is no government mandate, we are not requiring this, but we respectfully ask that you consider others in this matter.

Attendance if you are COVID positive, a close contact or have any COVID symptoms

Please follow the latest directions (from 30 April) on the SA Health website for isolating if you are Covid positive, and what to do if you have symptoms or are a close contact.

Remember - the church is a high risk setting. Churches are not listed on the SA Health website as such but our situation is similar to those that are.

Vaccinations

There is no government mandate for vaccinations. However, as you know, the Elders decided that all staff, elected leaders, ministry leaders, regular volunteers and those who serve in ministries with children, people over 65 or individuals who are immunocompromised, would be required to be triple vaccinated.

 

We acknowledge the complexity of the issues and potential impact on many. The Elders’ decision came from our care for the vulnerable, in response to the Biblical instruction to be subject to those who have authority, and the possibility of voiding our insurance cover.

 

Thank you to all those who followed this request.


The Elders have decided that from April, consistent with the lifting of the mandate by the Education Department, we will also rescind this requirement. In lieu, we will require unvaccinated people to always wear a mask in the company of children and potentially vulnerable people. Consistent with the Education Department guidelines, we request that you obtain a negative RAT result on the morning of your attendance at an activity at GBC.

Morning tea

Barista coffee before and morning tea/coffee after the Sunday morning service, will now be available.

 

We still need to follow good hygiene practices at all times.

Ventilation, seating, distancing, hand sanitising, and signing in

Signing in – this is no longer a government requirement.

Good ventilation helps reduce the transmission of the disease so we are endeavouring to have windows and doors open, and the air conditioning on. This may mean you will have to wear an extra layer during the winter!

Seating spacing has been extended to assist in distancing.

Distancing must still be maintained, again to protect each other. And whilst you may be keen to recommence hugging and kissing, the risk is no less now than before (or maybe slightly less if both are vaccinated!).

Sanitising hand sanitiser is available in the foyer for your use throughout your time on the premises. Use it as often as you like.

Cleaning – surfaces will continue to be sprayed after use.

Marshals are no longer required.

 

Remember – we are a high risk environment and committed to caring for one another

 

 

We thank God for His protection so far and pray we all know His blessing as we continue to prioritise care for each other.