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Letter from Moderator and General Secretary

Dear Friends,

The National Cabinet, through Prime Minister Scott Morrison, has announced that as of midday today (March 23), places of worship are to be temporarily closed. The Church will follow this advice, as is required, in the interests of the safety and protection of the wider community against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The Australian Government’s Department of Health website advises that the national discontinuation of non-essential gatherings entails:

“the temporary closure of … religious gatherings, places of worship, weddings, funerals (other than very small groups with the 4sqM per person rule to apply). All of these restrictions apply to outdoor spaces associated with the above.”

Please note: advice has been received from a number of authorities that it is inappropriate to relocate gatherings to homes or other locations.

Further advice about how our ministry may continue will be sent later in the week.

The lectionary scripture readings over the coming weeks tell of God surprising us in love and compassion amidst times of sadness, grief, despair and even death. In our darkest moments, God touches our lives in Christ, bringing hope and new life where we could not have imagined it being possible.

May the God of life uphold you. Grace and peace,

Rev Denise Liersch, Moderator

Rev Dr Mark Lawrence, General Secretary

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  1. Bronwyn on March 24, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Thanks Mark, it would be very helpful if the UCA had a worship service streamed or recorded each week that we could share with our folk so they could watch it at home. Rather than each congregation trying to learn how to do it, some with very limited technical resources(including limited knowhow)

  2. Glenda Mann on March 24, 2020 at 11:41 am

    Finally. A bit grumpy. Ministers have been left with difficult decisions and not always supportive church councils.

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