COVID Plan


Latest update:

In Person & Online From 26 July 2020


17 weeks online and one in a park!


This Sunday those of us who are healthy and able get to meet back in our usual space.


There’s nothing mystical about the space, but it is a joy to be with one another.


Part of that joy stems from our nature. We are physical beings and relate as physical beings.


Another aspect of the joy is the opportunity to love and serve one another in ways which are more difficult while gathering remotely. Awareness of one another’s engagement. Hearing each other sing. The ways conversations can morph. And more.


It won’t be back to normal but it will be good. Do make the effort to come if you’re healthy and able.


Scott and Hannah have very helpfully compiled a guide to what we can expect as we adjust our practices in order to stay safe and honour those God has placed in government over us.


Please take the time to read it (below).


All that said, please don’t attend in person if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Please stay at home if you’re unwell or have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath.


We’ll continue to stream on Discord so that those who are unable to meet at the hall can participate and then talk with each other after the meeting.


Warmly in Christ,


Wez

COVID Safe Sojourn

(Implementing the COVID Safe Plan for Places of Worship in Queensland – Stage 3.)


What should we expect on Sunday?

There’s no escaping the reality that Church will look and feel different when we gather together again in the hall. While we do not want to detract from the joy that the restored fellowship will bring, we also want everyone to be aware of how things will be operating differently.


None of the changes to the way Church operates have been taken lightly, and all of the changes have been implemented in order for Sojourn to meet the Queensland Government COVID Safe compliance requirements. We appreciate your cooperation in adhering to the standards outlined below.


You will find an Executive Summary, followed by a more comprehensive Q&A document that aims to help demystify what Church will look/feel/sound like now that we’re in a COVID-aware world.

Executive Summary

If you, or someone in your household, is unwell please do not attend Church physically.


Everyone, even children and infants, need to practise physical distancing.


No Creche will be available and children will not be allowed access to the Outside School Hours Care room.


An attendance roll will be kept recording who attends Church each Sunday.


Chairs will be spaced out differently and household groups must maintain 1.5mdistance from each other.


The number of people inside the hall will be limited to 50 people, including infants and children.


There will be ENTRY ONLY and EXIT ONLY doors. Please follow the signage.


Two people only will be able to be in the toilet block. The toilets and handles will be disinfected prior to Church, however, we strongly recommend ensuring you use your home bathroom before coming to Church.


Thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all high touch surfaces will be completed each Sunday before Church starts.


There will be lots of laminated signs around the hall that have guidelines that must be adhered to.


At this stage, there will be no Morning Tea.


The Hall will be packed up as soon as the service is over so we can move outside.


Come prepared for the weather: no aircon/heating will be used and the doors will remain open to allow maximum ventilation.


Bibles are Bring Your Own

Extended Q&A

If you, or someone in your household, is unwell please do not attend Church physically.

Why? Places of Worship are considered to be high-risk for the transmission ofCOVID-19. It is essential that for the safety and wellbeing of all in attendance.


Before you enter the hall, please answer the following questions. If you answer ‘Yes’ to any of them, please join us for Church through Discord not in person.

  • In the last 14 days have you travelled from overseas or a COVID-19 hotspot?
  • Have you been in close contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19?
  • Are you an active COVID-19 case?

Are you currently, or have you recently experienced cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath?

If yes to any of the above:

  • Isolate the attendee in the nearest designated isolation space.
  • Provide the affected person with appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Refuse entry to the venue and refer the person to first aid, medical or in-event health services if available.


Everyone, even children and infants, need to practise physical distancing.

What is physical distancing? Physical distancing means you must remain at least 1.5m away from any person, including children andinfants, who does not live in your home.


Even kids and babies? Yes, even children and babies. This is one of the more challenging aspects of returning to church together. Parents, please have conversations with your children to explain this significant change to them. Adults, while we do not want to scare our little Sojourners, please try to respect the need to remain 1.5m away from children and babies who are not your own.


No Creche will be available and children will not be allowed access to the Outside School Hours Care room.

Why? All people attending Sojourn, including children and infants, are required to remain 1.5m away from everyone who is not in their household. This requirement means it is not possible for us to provide Creche. We are unable to clean and disinfect the OSHC area and its toys/furnishings, therefore children are not to have access to this space.


What does this mean for little ones and their parents? Please still come! We are a family church and want you to feel welcomed. It is recommend that parents organise a “Church Bag” for Sundays. Suggestions for what you might have in this bag include: a washable rug/blanket for the floor, quiet activities (eg: books, colouring in, soft toys), snacks for your child/ren only. Discord will still be used for allowing Online Church for Sojourners who cannot attend in person. If you bring you rheadphones along, feel free to take your child/ren outside to a safe place during the sermon while you “dial in” on your phone.


What does this mean for everyone else? With all of our little Sojourners joining us, there is likely to be more noise than you may be used to. Please do your best to tune it out and be aware that parents maybe feeling anxious about this change will impact the way Church looks and feels for their family.

An attendance roll will be kept recording who attends Church each Sunday.

What information will you be recording? We are required to have the following information: Attendees full name, email address (residential address if email address not available), phone number, date and time of attendance.


Does everyone who attends have to provide this information? Yes, it is a Queensland Government requirement that any person who attends Sojourn Bible Church must provide the above details.


I’m a regular at Sojourn, what do I need to do? If Sojourn is your ‘home church’, please just turn up. The Church has already got your name and contact details and one of our “CovidSafe Team” will record your attendance.


What if I’m visiting? Please come as you are! We are just required to have you register your name and contact details with us. One of our CovidSafe Team will help with this process.


Why do you need this information and what will you be doing with it? 

We are required by the Queensland Government to have this information incase there is an outbreak of Covid-19. If this happens, we are required to pass this information on to Queensland Health who will use the data to conduct contact tracing. The information you give us will be treated confidentially. We are required to keep these records for a minimum of 56days (8 weeks).

Chairs will be spaced out differently and household groups must maintain 1.5mdistance from each other.

Why? This is to adhere to the 1.5m physical distancing requirements. It’s not fun, but it’s how we can show our love for one another at this time.


What if the chair arrangements don’t work for our household numbers? Please think carefully before you move chairs. The chairs will be put out by people who have washed hands. It is best if you only move a chair once for yourself, or someone in your household, to sit on.

The number of people inside the hall will be limited to 50 people, including infants and children.

Why? This is the number of people we are able to safely accommodate while adhering to the Queensland Government guidelines.


What happens if more than 50 people turn up? The doors to the hall will all remain open. People can safely sit in household groups outside the doors and still be part of the church.


Do we want visitors to have to sit outside? No, not really. If the hall has reached its capacity and we have visitors arrive, the COVIDSafeTeam may ask a household group if they would mind relocating outside. They can take their chairs with them and the COVIDSafe Team will provide the guests with seats in the hall.

There will be ENTRY ONLY and EXIT ONLY doors. Please follow the signage.

Two people only will be able to be in the toilet block. The toilets and handles will be disinfected prior to Church, however, we strongly recommend ensuring you use your home bathroom before coming to Church.

Thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all high touch surfaces will be completed each Sunday before Church starts.

Who does the cleaning? Volunteers do the cleaning each week. Please speak to Hannah or Scott about your availability to be placed on the cleaning roster. Please expect to be on the cleaning roster – it is a very practical way to show your love for our Church.


My name is on the cleaning roster, how do I know what to do? There is a comprehensive checklist of what needs to happen for the hall to be cleaned to a “COVIDSafe” standard. All cleaning equipment and PPE is provided.

There will be lots of laminated signs around the hall that have guidelines that must be adhered to.

Why? The signs are a requirement and also serve as a helpful reminder of all of the above requirements.


Are the signs just suggestions, or do I need to actually do what they say? The signs are not just suggestions. Our efforts to meet the Queensland Government COVIDSafe requirements are not tokenistic. We need to ensure we all work together to keep each other and our guests safe and risk of COVID-19 transmission is minimised.

At this stage, there will be no Morning Tea.

The Hall will be packed up as soon as the service is over so we can move outside.

Why? This encourages us to all move outside (where it is “safer”) and means that people who sat outside during the service are not excluded from fellowshipping after the service due to the limit of 50 people inside.


Come prepared for the weather: no aircon/heating will be used and the doors will remain open to allow maximum ventilation.

What does this mean? If you feel the cold, you may like to rug up. You might also want to bring a hat if you value being Sun Safe, as we are encouraging fellowship and conversations to continue outside after the service is over.


Bibles will be ‘Bring Your Own’

If you do have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Wez at wez@sojourn.org.au.

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