We are a COVID-19 Safe Church
Here is the latest COVID advice impacting Calvary Chapel Newcastle.
Calvs understands that COVID-19 has changed many things, including how we go to and go about meeting as a local community of believers. While it is the Church’s desire to never give up meeting with one another (Heb. 10:25), we recognise that as a local church operating within a broader society, there may be times when this is not possible. To date, the Church has recognised that the COVID-19 pandemic is such a time, where meeting together has been hindered by government directives concerned for the wellbeing of broader society.
While the certainty of our hope in Jesus Christ gives great freedom and impulse to Christian believers, the Church believes that a significant way we can serve each other and our broader society during the COVID-19 pandemic, is to adopt sensible measures under the guidance of state and health authorities. To that end, the Church will follow current government and health department advice and consider the Church’s compliance in this regard a matter of Christian obedience and love for our fellow neighbours (Rom. 13:1-10).
The Church recognises the challenges this has presented our local community, as some of the freedoms we have previously enjoyed have been restricted. Nevertheless, we do not consider our compliance in this regard a compromise to the mission of our Church, being devotion to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer (Acts 2:42).
Above all, we wish to affirm that the Lord Jesus is sovereign over his people, and He tends his flock like a shepherd (Isa. 40). Nothing can separate us from the peace and security that tends His flock, because nothing can separate us from the love of our Shepherd (Rom. 8).
It is therefore in the unity of this knowledge, and the unity of our being in Christ – one faith, one baptism, one Lord (Eph. 4) – that we encourage each member of our Church to look after one another by following the steps laid out in our COVID-19 Safe Management Plan. Together, let us go in peace to love and serve our Lord Jesus and show the world what it is to have a spirit, “not of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7).
21 January, 2022
Announcement from our Church Elders
Our first Sunday back was such a blessing – to worship, hear the Word and fellowship in community. We believe that for all of us, serving the Lord practically is an important part of our faith. Therefore, upon further reflection of the current COVID-19 regulations, we wish to advise that all members of Calvary Chapel Newcastle – vaccinated or unvaccinated – are welcome to serve at Calvs according to your gifts and capacities. We, the Elders, thank you for your patience and grace during this challenging season. Our intention has always been to love and serve the fellowship at Calvs in our decision making. We are doing our best to create a safe space for all Church attendees, and we ask that you review and keep up to date with the management processes and procedures we have in place for Calvs.
Thanks guys – we look forward to seeing you this Sunday!
COVID-19 Safe Church Management Plan
We are abiding by NSW government guidelines, which means we have limited seating and are implementing COVID-safe practices.
We ask that all members of Calvary Chapel Newcastle please read and comply with our COVID-19 Safe Church Management Plan. Pertinent details for Sunday attendance are summarised below.
Conditions of Entry
The following conditions of entry apply to all Church attendees (staff, students, volunteers, contractors, congregation members, or the public).
Please remain at home if you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, until such a time as they pass. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- fever (>37.5C)
- sore throat
- shortness of breath, and/or
- general cold and flu like symptoms
You are not permitted to enter or remain onsite if you:
- Have been in close contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19;
- Are an active COVID-19 case or awaiting test results; and/or
- Have currently, or recently, experienced a fever, coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, and/or general cold/flu symptoms.
While in attendance, you are required to:
- Wear a mask if you are over 12 years of age, unless you can adduce written evidence of exemption from a qualified medical practitioner. We have some spare, but please bring your own (please note, current advice requires wearing masks for congregational singing. Only those leading the service are not required to wear a mask).
While in attendance, you are encouraged to:
- Follow all other safety directions given by the Church leaders
- Respect social distancing guidelines, at min 1.5 metres away from others wherever possible
- Avoid physical greetings, like handshakes or hugs
- Avoid sharing of food, drink, water, and eating implements with others
Keep up to date!
Check in with the latest information from trusted sources.
With so many different mediums of communication available today, it can be overwhelming to know ‘who to listen to.’ We have tried to keep it simple for you by putting relevant links to trustworthy information in the same place.
- Click Here for the latest information on current COVID-19 cases and locations
- Click Here for the latest statistics on COVID-19 in NSW
- Click Here for COVID Testing locations in the Newcastle area
- Click Here for the latest COVID-19 regulations for places of worship in NSW
We are actively monitoring the regulations as they relate to Places of Worship. If you have any questions regarding the way in which Calvs is managing COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to contact us by clicking the below contact button or emailing email@example.com.
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