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Coronavirus Measures

on Sat, 01/02/2020 - 01:27

CPC New COVID-19 Management Policy

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ at CPC

Yesterday the government announced that indoor gatherings of more than 100 are banned, with immediate effect.  With this limit, we cannot practically maintain our worship services on Sunday mornings. While the Bilingual and 4pm English congregations are small enough to comply with the limit, their demographics are at higher risk, the Bilingual being senior in age, and the 4pm have some very young children. For consistency of policy and approach, Session has decided on the following actions, taking effect from Friday 20 March 2020.

  1. Stop physical gathering of all 5 services from this Sunday until further notice.
  2. 9am English, Mandarin and Cantonese services will be streamed live from this Sunday. Streaming of Bilingual and 4pm English services is subject to established desire of the congregations to use this service. Instruction for using the streaming service will be provided to all members.
  3. Sunday School will stop from this Sunday until worship services resume.
  4. Language School must comply with government policy for schools for the control of COVID-19 infection, and harmonise with any relevant policy of Crown Street Public School. Unless there are obligations to students that require the Language School to continue provide its services, it shall also stop meeting physically.
  5. Stop all physical meetings on CPC Crown Street site.  Although some of these are under the no. limit, they are probably impractical once worship services are cancelled. Cancellation is also more in keeping with our general approach.
  6. CPC off-site small group physical meetings shall also stop, as social distancing is impractical for meeting in small spaces (e.g. someone’s home). Private arrangement for fellowship is outside of this remit, but shall still comply with government requirements. 
  7. All groups shall endeavour to carry on normal meetings/ministries online. CPC small group meetings should not be cancelled (i.e. stopping all interaction, including online meetings) without first consulting with the relevant pastors.
  8. Services will be conducted at church without audience for streaming purposes.
  9. Lunch, Coffee ministry, morning & afternoon tea and supper are cancelled.
  10. The church office will continue to function as normal, and the pastors are on duty as normal, contactable by mobile and electronic means.
  11. The Annual Congregational meeting scheduled for 29 March 2020 is deferred to a date to be announced.
  12. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday services will be conducted online only.
  13. A communication net will be established for each congregation in order to keep contact with our members during this crisis to encourage, care and extend needed help to them as necessary.
  14. Combined Prayer Meeting will be conducted online. Instructions will be provided in advance of the next meeting.

CPC Session
19 March 2020