Covid-19 Action Plan at CBC

LATEST UPDATE: 21.03.2020

Following the latest news in which the government now require 4m distance between individuals originating from different households, we are limited in numbers we can accommodate at our services. We believe we do have enough floor space to adequately meet the requirements if families sit together. All others will separate according to the distance requirements. We also know some will choose to stay home, so we figure we are still ok to meet for this Sunday (March 22).

We are working on video broadcasting the services for those who choose to stay at home. We will not have the ability to live stream, but we hope to be able to deliver the service shortly after for those who are unable to attend. This will help to keep our church community together and plugged in. And please all continue to pray for our government and health professionals as they seek solutions and cures from this unprecedented event. God Bless.
- Pastor Phil

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20.03.2020

Reluctantly – but of necessity – we are joining in the flood of notifications we are seeing on every front in relation to the global pandemic facing our world. Many of you are wondering what we are planning to do in the foreseeable future at Casey. We want to assure you that the wisdom of the leadership and the people will enable us to make pertinent decisions for our continued operation.

Firstly, we must remember the promise of Romans 8:27-28:

‘And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.’

We are covering the church in prayer and asking that God shield and protect all of His people at Casey from this virus. We know God is greater than even this pandemic and it must pass through His hand of permission before it falls upon any of His children. But we also submit ourselves to His sovereign will and trust the promise of Romans 8. Should any fall ill with this virus we can rest assured it is not an accident. God has allowed it to happen and all things will be worked together for good.

Secondly, we are taking all practical steps necessary to avoid the risk of infection. This includes an increased cleaning regime of the church. Additionally, we are unclasping all of the seats so that the congregation can move their chairs to a comfortable distance from others in order to observe the social distancing practices recommended by health professionals. We will also be refraining from handshaking or embraces of any kind.

Thirdly, should the government lower the limit for numbers allowed for indoor gatherings, we will look to hold 2 or even 3 separate services to accommodate smaller numbers. We respect individual’s decisions to stay away at this time, most especially those considered to be among the most vulnerable. However, we would hold to the fact that church is not a non-essential service at any time, and most especially in times where there is so much fear and so little hope or encouragement offered. It is our desire to continue to facilitate our services and corporate worship for the encouragement of the saints.

Should we be prevented in gathering together at all through a lockdown or legislation we will seek to implement live or pre-recorded messages and worship. However, this would be a very last resort as it is a poor substitute for the real thing.

Fourthly, we realise that there are going to be some social implications for all in our society, and some of the people of Casey may even find they are facing income loss. With the rapidly increasing costs of daily necessities there will be an increased burden on many. I would urge members of our church to communicate their needs so that as family of God we can seek to share the burden for one another.

Lastly, when we listen to the news and watch the chaos around us, it is quite natural to feel a little fearful at times. I would remind you that when we feed our faith, our fear starves. But when we feed our fears, our faith starves. The words of Psalm 56 offer us some good encouragement:

‘What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.’