Brothers and Sisters,
As we begin our return journey to face-to-face church, there will be many different thoughts and feelings amongst us.
Whilst we would love for every health restriction to be relaxed at once, we know there are many reasons why we cannot all come together in-person this weekend.
- For some of us it will be because we’re initially hesitant to bring our family into a building with others for a length of time.
- For some of us it will be because of our medical choices.
- For others of us it will be because we’ve developed flu-like symptoms, we’ve visited a venue of concern, or we’ve had close contact with someone who is infected.
After all, it is unlikely that every one of us will be able to gather together for many months, due to the uncertain health situation ahead.
So, whilst we could have chosen to delay opening until everyone could be together, the Wardens and Parish Council have worked with our Acting Rector and Staff Team to safely open our buildings when legally allowed.
That’s why this weekend is only the beginning of our return journey, together. From Sunday Gymea Anglican will be open for services at 8am, 10am and 5pm. This Sunday, the government has allowed us to open to the fully vaccinated only, evidence of which will be requested upon entry.
Booking is essential by calling the office on 9524 6225 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before 12 noon on the Friday before the service.
It is our natural preference to have our doors open to whoever is willing and able to attend, especially those for whom the online experience has been difficult.
Yet, this also means that our livestream will continue to be vitally important in the coming months ahead, as it enables us to keep gathering together around God’s word, whether we’re sitting in a pew or watching on a screen.
So, as we travel this journey together, let us continue to love one another, as we read in 1 Peter: “Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathise with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.” (1 Peter 3:8)
In Christ, Laurie Archer, David Croucher, Steve Leitch
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