COVID-19 Updates


HEALTH AND SAFETY NOTICE REGARDING CORONAVIRUS COVID-19

 

A Message from Pastor Matt and Carol Prater

Dear Friends,

We want to update you on New Hope Church Brisbane’s response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and the steps that we are taking.

We are closely monitoring advice from the Department of Health and following this advice. As advice from the Department of Health changes, we will reflect these changes in our policies and in this Notice. An up to date copy of this notice will be maintained at here on our website.  

As a church we intend to respond to the current situation with COVID-19 with faith, and see this as a time to trust Jesus as the hope of the world, knowing that He is the way, the truth and the light.  We have committed to speaking life, to standing in faith and to encouraging our community to be prayerful, be prepared, be wise, be compassionate and remain connected. We believe it is essential in this time to be bearers of Good News, to lead others to faith, hope and the love of God. 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 NKJV

It is our heart to edify and build up our church community and those around us, as well as acting with wisdom and discernment in this time of great need. 

Spiritual Response 

Perfect love casts out all fear 1 John 4:18

It is essential at this time to ensure you are abiding with God and in His love. We encourage you to be spiritually prepared, and to be disciplined and diligent:    

Pray God’s word:

  • Psalm 91, Psalm 27, 2 Tim 1:7

Read God’s word: 

  • Your Word Is a lamp unto my feet and light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

Seek God’s way:

  • But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
  • We must not let fear dictate our actions, but we must pray and consider daily our Lord’s instructions.

Declare God’s word in worship:

  • The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7

Stand in faith together: 

  • Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:23-25
  • Let faith arise and let’s stand together in faith against this virus. Pray daily for each other, your family, your friends, your local community, as well as for the national and international community. 
  • Be prayerful and considerate for the vulnerable in our community, and exercise due care for high-risk individuals such as older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions such as Heart Disease, Diabetes or Lung Disease. Avoid contact if possible.
  • Reach out, especially to those who may be isolated or struggling. Stay connected via phone calls, video calls, text messages, smaller gatherings. 

Know what God’s word says about healing:

Be the light in the darkness:

  • Revelation 12:11-12 Joshua 1:9
  • As God’s people let us not leave a legacy of hoarding, self-care and isolation. Instead let’s learn from scriptures which teaches us to care for each other and our neighbours sensibly without taking unnecessary risks. We sense from the Lord that we will have many walking through our doors seeking hope and peace, we must prepare ourselves for the salvation support and pastoral care needs that will arise” 

Health and Safety Response

We are continuing to monitor the advice from the Department of Health and if deemed necessary will review how we hold our Sunday services whilst the risk of contagion remains high. 

UPDATE: We are now live streaming our Sunday Services. Our services can be viewed from home via newhopebrisbane.online.church and our social media sites – Facebook and YouTube.  A copy of the sermon for the week will also be made available here on our website.

Communion – the communion message is given before the message on our live-streamed service. Please have some juice and crackers/bread ready for the communion.

Please consider switching to online methods if you give tithes and offerings: https://newhopebrisbane.com/donate/

We are so excited to hear about the lifting of restrictions that are now happening in Queensland, and how as a community we can start moving towards seeing each other face to face.  Although we are still quite far off from being able to meet in our church building, the stages announced by the government are showing a light at the end of the tunnel. Over the next few weeks, we will be keeping a close eye on the virus updates and sharing with you what this means for our church community.  

As of Tuesday 12th May, the following was announced by QLD Premiere, Annastacia Palaszczuk:

  • Gatherings in homes with a maximum of 5 people
  • Up to 10 people to gather in public spaces
  • Recreational travel up to 150km from your home for day trips

It is a blessing that we can now meet together in small numbers, but please remember it is essential to keep practicing safe habits, especially for the vulnerable.  Please continue to respect the concerns others may have in regards to the virus, honouring them by your actions and words. Please also understand that there may be those who are high risk however do not like to disclose this.  For a reminder on how to protect your self and others check out the Government Health website: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others-from-coronavirus-covid-19

Coronavirus advice – 

  • All indoor public gathering places are closed with strict social-distancing measures in place – this includes churches, pubs, cinemas, indoor sporting venues.
  • We encourage social distancing of 1.5m, please restrict hand to hand contact at gatherings and use sensible precautions when in closer proximity to others. We recommend that you don’t handshake or hug during this season.
  • If you or your child are feeling unwell in particular if you have cold or flu like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat etc.), please do not attend any church activity including small groups until you are well again. Please stay home and rest, seek medical attention.
  • If you have travelled from overseas within the last 14 days, please self isolate. The government has implemented a compulsory 14 day self-isolation quarantine period for anyone returning from overseas.
  • If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you should have already received medical attention and been instructed to be in home isolation and not attend.
  • If you have a COVID-19 test result pending, please do not attend.
  • Let your church family know if you are unwell and need to be quarantined. You don’t have to feel isolated; we are there to support you.
  • If you believe you have coronavirus seek help medical attention early, call ahead to your doctor’s surgery so they can be prepared. Australia National Coronavirus Health Information Line is 1800 020 080.
  • Please practice good hygiene by frequently washing your hands with either soap or hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.  If you cough or sneeze, please turn so that you are not facing anyone and do so into a handkerchief or tissue which you then promptly dispose of in a safe manner.
  • Parents, if your children are unwell, please keep them home. Any child who falls ill (fever, cough, runny nose) during a program will be required to be collected promptly.  The dept of Health has relased a detailed factsheet information for parents found here:- https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-schools-and-early-childhood-centres
  • Consider throughout the week to stay at home when you can, changing non-essential appointments/meetings, using online tools for purchasing necessary items, etc.  Do not meet face to face with people arriving from overseas in the past 14 days.
  • Consider cancelling all non-essential business/recreational travel until further notice.
  • Stay away from fear and up to date on the latest information by visiting reputable information sources such as https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

Over the coming days, if there are changes to our services and activities as a church, we will update you via email and/or our social media outlets. If you have any concerns please contact us via our church messenger, via email info@newhopebrisbane.org, or by calling if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 07 3839 2312. We have a wonderful pastoral care team that is here to everyone feel supported and connected.  

We must all take the Coronavirus pandemic seriously as it’s a serious global crisis with wide reaching effects. It’s important that we must all do what we can to slow it’s spread as well as minimising the risks to ourselves whilst at the same time ministering to those in need. We can do this in a number of ways that include praying:

  • for those who are infected with the virus
  • that the virus will be slowed and its reach reduced
  • that an effective vaccine will soon be developed and made available
  • for the safety and strength of health workers 
  • for wisdom for our nation’s and state’s leaders
  • for the livelihoods of many whose jobs and businesses are being effected 

Check out this practical prayer guide from Vision Radio: Coronavirus Strategic Prayer Guide

Other ways we can care for people include staying connected via phone and social media. In the case of this who fall sick, cooking meals or helping with grocery shopping may be of great practical help, but please take care not to put yourself at risk if you do this. We recommend leaving the cooking or groceries near the front door and ensuring that direct contact does not take place. We pray that you will remain healthy and continue to let the love of Jesus shine through you in this season.

Love and blessings, 
Matt and Carol Prater
Senior Pastors New Hope Brisbane Church