Vine Church’s Response to COVID-19
Posted: 13 March 2020
The health and safety of every person who walks into Vine Church continues to be a top priority for us. We are carefully monitoring the evolving COVID–19 (Coronvavirus) situation through NSW Health, local health authorities and the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. We continue to take a proactive approach to keep our community healthy, but at the moment there is no need to avoid gatherings if you are well. While we are not currently making any changes to events or schedules, we are taking the following extra precautions to mitigate risk:
1. In our facilities we are encouraging a greater level of hand washing and cleaning, especially with kitchen supplies and utensils. There will be hand sanitiser available at the welcome tables, food tables and in kitchens and we will be asking each person to use hand sanitiser as they enter the church.
2. In food services, we will transition to individual portions of food with serviettes and tongs for future events and services. Those serving food will be thorough in hand washing and be using gloves to prepare and serve all food. In our services, we will alter the format of communion to minimise contact and passing of the bread and cups of juice.
3. In kids ministries we will provide hand sanitiser and ensure toys are disinfected. We ask that children not attend Vine Kids, the Jungle or Vine Youth if they are unwell. Leaders will stay aware of kids that are unwell and will ask parents to remove from the kids program until they have recoverd.
For all of our members, we ask you not to attend if you are feeling unwell with flu-like symptoms, or if you have family members (especially children) that are unwell.
As we do our part, we ask that you would join us as we:
Pray – Prayer is powerful and God is our perfect source of comfort and prayer. Join us in praying for the people and regions affected, and for the protection of our nation, community and church.
Be proactive in thanking those in our church that will be working hard to put these precautions into place – our foodies teams, set up teams, kids and youth leaders and Bread of Life volunteers.
Prioritise your personal health – keep informed through NSW Health here and act cautiously if you become unwell with flu-like symptoms
Prevent stigma – it is easy for fear and stressful times to cause the harmful treatment of people thought to be infected. Coronavirus does not discriminate and neither should we. Show compassion and support for those that are ill, or fearful of being ill.
Please contact Kate Stace here if you have any questions or would like to chat further. Parish council and staff have been working together and have begun planning next steps if the situation escalates.